Thankful for the Agricultural Industry

In much of our society, things are different than they ever have been before. However, 2021 was a much better year for young people who are involved in the livestock world. Shows happened without pause, show livestock are in demand and more programs and conferences were in-person instead of cancelled or virtual. Let’s recount some […]

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A Bigger Plan Paves Path to Agriculture Passion

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9  Perhaps no other verse is more fitting for one former softball player turned future agriculture teacher. Growing up in Rockingham County, Virginia, the most abundant ag county in the state, it might seem natural for a young person to be involved in 4-H or FFA, especially if […]

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Sure Champ Leaders “Made” by Attending Youth Conferences

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi is credited with saying “Leaders are made, they are not born.” This summer, 10 young livestock enthusiasts had the opportunity to make memories while becoming leaders for their breeds and states.  Members of the Sure Champ® Leadership Team attended the National Junior Angus Association Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) […]

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How to Share Your Food Production Story

Young livestock exhibitors wear many hats. Not only do they provide the daily care for their animals, feeding, washing, exercising and monitoring their health and well-being, but these young exhibitors become spokespeople for the industry they are passionate about. With a fraction of the population engaged in production agriculture, livestock enthusiasts make up a minute percentage of the people who must share the story […]

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Advocacy Starts with Sharing your Story

To create advocates in agriculture, we must first be advocates in our industry. Perhaps the best way to create the next generation of spokespeople is to share our story of what we do every day within our own families and operations. Those stories can be shared with peers at school or other organizations or with […]

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