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Spotlight on Youth - Feb. 20, 2013
Grants available to bring students to State Museum
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana high school classes have the opportunity to explore the possibilities when it comes the many career choices in the field of agriculture while experiencing the Amazing Maize Exhibit at the Indiana State Museum.

The Indiana Corn Marketing Council will be offering a one-day workshop for high school science, agriculture, and careers classes at the Indiana State Museum on Wednesday, March 13.

Titled Biotechnology, the Future of Food and Agricultural Careers, this workshop will take place from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and will take students on a biotechnology journey through the Amazing Maize: The Science, History and Culture of Corn exhibit at the Indiana State Museum. Students will be introduced to the many careers available within the field of agriculture, meet the people who are currently in these careers and learn about the importance of these jobs when it comes to feeding our communities, country and the world.}

“We are excited to partner with the Indiana State Museum to provide this high-level, educational opportunity to high school classes and also funding for the schools to attend,” said Gary Lamie, president of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and farmer from West Point, Ind. “Having a career in agriculture does not mean that farming is the only choice. We want to share that there are many exciting career paths that students can pursue in the food and agriculture industry.”

Lunch and museum admission is provided free for Indiana classes, and grants of up to $300 per school are available on a first come first serve basis for transportation to and from the museum.  Space is limited. To register your class, contact Indiana State Museum Group Sales Manager, Kelsey Cook at 317-234-1728 to reserve your spot. Deadline to register is March 1.

The content of this workshop also aligns with state high school science standards.

For more information about this program, visit

Jersey Youth Academy classmates selected
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Chris Sorenson, president of the American Jersey Cattle Assoc., (AJCA), recently announced the class for the third Jersey Youth Academy, July 14 to 19 in Columbus, Ohio.
“The 36 young people from 17 states selected for this class exemplify the many talented, interested Jersey youth across the United States that our organization wants to encourage to pursue careers in the Jersey dairy business,” Sorenson said. 

“Building upon Jersey youth programs initiated over 50 years ago, the Jersey Youth Academy is an intensive educational program focused specifically on the Jersey cow and the many elements of the Jersey dairy business. Academy challenges participants to understand the long history and recent growth of the Jersey breed in this country and shows them the opportunities and challenges of the dairy business in the future.”

A participants (from the Farm World readership area) in the third Jersey Youth Academy, with their current academic institution, are:
Ohio: Meagan Bolen, Fremont, Ohio (The Ohio State University).
Selection was based on merit, motivation and preparation for the program as reflected in the written application and goal statement. Applications were reviewed by a committee appointed by Sorenson and chaired by AJCA Director James Quist. All program costs, including round-trip transportation for participants, are paid by the Academy.

The Jersey Youth Academy is a 501(c)(3) private foundation. Contributors represent a broad spectrum of Jersey breeder and dairy industry support.

For more information, visit the Jersey Youth Academy web site (, contact program coordinator Dr. Cherie L. Bayer at 614-322-4456, or write Jersey Youth Academy, 6486 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362.

Parkway FFA and FCCLA host school blood drive
ROCKFORD, Ohio — The Parkway FFA and FCCLA recently held their second blood drive of the school year on Feb. 13. In total, 71 people attempted to donate blood. 57 units were collected in all. 
In addition, Parkway FFA Chapter is holding their annual strawberry sales. The price for one full flat of strawberries (8 one-quart containers) is $25. A half-flat (4 one-quart containers) is priced at $14. The strawberries will be delivered around March 18. The money is due when the strawberries are delivered. If interested, e-mail