CFAES students Ryan Schwyn, left, a Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering major, and Ryan Goddard, right, a Sustainable Plant Systems major, participated in the 2015 New Century Farmer Program July 12-18 in Johnston, Iowa.
They were two of 50 outstanding young people representing 21 states who participated in the program. The exclusive, highly competitive program develops young men and women committed to pursuing careers in production agriculture.
Schwyn and Goddard took part in a series of workshops and sessions during the conference. Topics included the global marketplace, farm financing, demographic trends and risk management. They also heard from motivating and informative keynote speakers and, in addition to classroom learning, experienced the latest developments in agricultural technology.
The New Century Farmer Program is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Case IH, CSX Corporation and Farm Credit with media partner Successful Farming as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.