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Save soybeans from red-banded stink bug

Did you know? The red-banded stink bug can cause up to as much as 90 percent soybean yield loss. Originally from South America, the stink bug has made its way north to Louisiana and the Mid-South region of the United States. It is now one of the most prevalent stink bugs in the U.S., and is one of the most difficult insects to control. Louisiana State University suggests these four management tips to control the pest.

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Students asked to “Thank an American Farmer or Rancher”

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and this year, the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is asking pre-K to first grade students to “Thank an American Farmer or Rancher.”

The free Thanksgiving-themed lesson plan helps teachers explain where food comes from and includes a letter from a farmer, suggestions for books to read, and class discussion ideas. Teachers are also encouraged to ask students to write, draw, or create thank you letters or cards for America’s farmers.

“Most Americans have never been to a farm and didn’t even grow up near one, but they are ready to learn more about where their food comes from,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. “‘Thank an American Farmer or Rancher’ is a fun classroom activity that helps young learners make the connection between farms and ranches and the food they eat.”

Classroom ideas include:

· Complete a free sample lesson from Farm a Month and read a free sample letter from a pumpkin farmer, followed by a discussion about farming in America.

· Pull up a picture of a Thanksgiving Day plate or ask students to name common holiday foods such as turkey, cranberries, green beans, potatoes and stuffing, then discuss the agricultural origins of each item.

· Have students in groups research online to discover where ingredients such as pumpkins, butter, sugar, and wheat come from. Give each group one ingredient; don’t tell them what the final product is going to be. Have students present where their ingredient is from and then have the class as a whole guess what the recipe is for!

· Invite a local farmer into your classroom to discuss how he or she produces food, fiber, or energy.

Letters written by students as part of the activity will be given to real farmers and ranchers in January at AFBF’s Annual Convention.

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Seven year old sells lemonade to buy pony

Seven-year-old Sabastian Kent from Queensland, Australia never gave up on his dream to own a pony. In fact, the young entrepreneur saved up $2,285 USD from selling lemonade the last two years. His mom recently surprised him with a brand new pony as a reward for all his hard work. Check out this touching clip that has went viral around the world of young Sabastian crying happy tears and hugging his father as he receives his new pony, ‘Tom Boy.’

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National FFA elects 2016-17 officer team

The results are in and for the first time in National FFA history Delaware has a national FFA president representing the state. David Townsend, an agricultural and natural resources and plant science major at the University of Delaware, was elected president.

Others elected to the 2016-17 National FFA officer team:

  • Victoria Harris, a biology major at the University of Florida, will serve as secretary.
  • DeShawn Blanding, a biological engineering (natural resources engineering) major at North Carolina A&T State University, was elected southern region vice president.
  • Trey Elizondo, a science and agricultural communications major at Texas A&M, will serve as western region vice president.
  • Ashley Willits, an agricultural education major at Tarleton State University, was elected eastern region vice president.
  • Valerie Earley, an agricultural communications major at the University of Minnesota, will serve as central region vice president.

National officers commit to a year of service to the National FFA Organization. Each officer travels more than 100,000 national and international miles to interact with business and industry leaders, thousands of FFA members and teachers, corporate sponsors, government and education officials, state FFA leaders, the general public, and more. The team will lead personal growth and leadership training conferences for FFA members throughout the country and help set policies that will guide the future of FFA and promote agricultural literacy.

To find out what a year in office is like for the team, check out AGDAILY’s article on the 2015-16 team: National FFA Officers: Ag connects us all.

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