January 16, 2018

FFA Members and Advisors Can Attend FFA Day at the NCBA Trade Show for Free

FFA members from around the country are invited to connect with America’s cattle farmers and ranchers at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show on Friday, Feb. 2, in Phoenix, Arizona. Through the Thank You Farmers® Project, Culver’s will cover registration fees for the first 250 FFA members and advisors who register to attend the trade show using the promotion code “FFACULVERS.”

“NCBA’s trade show gives agricultural students an opportunity to network with professionals and learn more about the beef industry,” said Jessie Kreke, senior marketing manager at Culver’s. “We are so honored to help these future leaders connect with others in an industry they are passionate about.”

FFA members are encouraged to wear their Official Dress as they attend the trade show, learn about careers within the beef industry, network and enjoy Culver’s Fresh Frozen Custard at the Blue Jacket Custard Social from 3 to 4 p.m.FFA

The FFA Day sponsorship is made possible through Culver’s Thank You Farmers Project, which is focused on making sure we have enough wholesome food to serve our growing population by supporting agricultural education programs that encourage smart farming. To date, the Thank You Farmers Project has raised over $1.7 million in support of the National FFA Organization and Foundation, local FFA chapters and a variety of local agricultural organizations.

About Culver’s:

For over 30 years, Culver’s guests have been treated to cooked-to-order food made with farm-fresh ingredients and served with a smile. The ever-expanding franchise system now numbers nearly 650 family-owned and operated restaurants in 24 states. The restaurants’ nationally recognized customer service is based on small-town, Midwestern values, genuine friendliness and an unwavering commitment to quality. Signature items include the award-winning ButterBurger, made from fresh, never frozen beef, and Fresh Frozen Custard, including the famous Flavor of the Day program. For more information, visit www.culvers.com, www.culvers.com/facebook, www.twitter.com/culvers or www.instagram.com/culvers

About the National FFA Organization:

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 653,359 student members as part of 8,568 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 local FFA alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress, and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on FacebookTwitterInstagram and the official National FFA Organization blog.

Forum in Bismarck Examines North Dakota’s Digital Divide

Just one week after its national launch, Connect Americans Now (CAN) hosted a community forum with U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer on the coalition’s plan to unleash new technology that promises to help eliminate North Dakota’s digital divide by 2022.

“From students to small business owners and farmers, life on the wrong side of the digital divide is a daily struggle for many people in America,” said Cramer, Chairman of the House Rural Broadband Caucus. “That is why we are leading the charge to ensure that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allows TV white space technology to deliver broadband in underserved areas, and I am thrilled to join with rural advocates like CAN who are working to cast a spotlight on this important issue.”

To provide affordable and reliable service in rural communities, CAN seeks to deploy a combination of “wired” and “wireless” technologies, including fiber-based, satellite and wireless technologies, leveraging a range of frequencies including TV white spaces. To make this plan a reality, CAN is urging the FCC to ensure that three channels below 700 MHz are available for wireless use on an unlicensed basis in every market in the country, with additional TV white spaces in smaller markets and rural areas.

“A broadband connection is as pivotal as electricity in the 21st Century economy, but 23.4 million rural Americans are stuck in the dark,” said Richard T. Cullen, Executive Director of CAN. “Congressman Cramer has been an outstanding champion for this cause, and we are grateful for his leadership on efforts to deploy TV white space technology. This forum is a vital step toward raising awareness of technological solutions that will deliver broadband to thousands of North Dakotan families, and we look forward to a continued dialogue with members of the Rural Broadband Caucus and other leaders on this important issue.”

Implications of the Digital Divide in North Dakota and Around the U.S. 

  • 6.5 million students lack access to high speed internet, but 70 percent of teachers assign homework that requires a broadband connection. More than 38,000 North Dakota students reside in rural areas, where more students struggle to keep up with their assignments and fail to learn the computer skills they need to succeed and enter college or the workforce.
  • Telemedicine could collectively save lives and millions of dollars annually for underserved patients and rural hospitals that pay up to three times more for broadband than their urban counterparts. 90 percent of North Dakota’s hospitals are in rural areas, and broadband connectivity could allow their patients, regardless of where they live, to access specialists and benefit from advanced monitoring services that would normally require hours of travel for patients or their providers.
  • North Dakota is home to more than 30,000 farms, and broadband access could bring them promise of precision agriculture, including remote monitoring equipment that helps farmers save money by optimizing irrigation, conserving resources and increasing yields. It also allows farmers to search for new customers, find buyers willing to pay higher prices and identify the most affordable sources of seeds, fertilizers and farm equipment.
  • Small businesses employ 58 percent of North Dakota’s workforce, and broadband access will drive economic growth and job opportunities by enabling them to expand their customer base from local to global and attract new industries to rural communities.
  • High-speed internet supports workforce development by allowing rural job-seekers to access services online, develop new skills through cloud-based training and secure additional employment opportunities like remote teleworking. It will also allow rural communities to keep and attract new workers who require a broadband connection to carry out their daily responsibilities.

About Connect Americans Now 

Connect Americans Now is a group of concerned citizens, local organizations, rural advocates and leading innovators committed to eliminating the digital divide that is holding back rural America. Our goal is to bring rural Americans who currently lack connectivity safe and affordable broadband access by 2022 so they can take advantage of the economic and educational opportunities that exist in other communities.

Honey Bee Health Coalition Congratulates Winners of Nutrition Competition

beeThe Honey Bee Health Coalition announced today that it has awarded $40,000 to four innovative projects aimed at improving honey bee nutrition and supporting honey bee and pollinator health. The awards, announced today at the 2018 American Bee Research Conference, are part of the Coalition’s inaugural Bee Nutrition Challenge.

The Bee Nutrition Challenge winners and awards are:

  • $15,000 for Miguel Corona, Steven Cook, and Jay Evans, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Bee Research Lab, Development and Testing of Optimal Seasonal Nutritional Supplements For Honey Bees
  • $10,000 for Waled Suliman and Brandon Hopkins, Washington State University, A Novel Feed Additive for Protecting Bees and Confronting Colony Collapse Disorder
  • $7,500 for Paul Stamets, Fungi Perfecti LLC, Fungal Extracts for Honey Bee Health
  • $7,500 for Patrick Heritier-Robbins, Georgia Institute of Technology, Bee Ultra Sound

“Supporting honey bee nutrition is essential to achieving and sustaining a healthy population of honey bees. These projects are exactly the types of innovative ideas and initiatives the Coalition was established to support,” said Julie Shapiro, the facilitator of the Honey Bee Health Coalition and a senior policy director at the Keystone Policy Center. “The Coalition is thrilled to support these outstanding projects and looks forward to seeing how they support honey bees.”

The Coalition launched the Bee Nutrition Challenge in August 2017 to find new, innovative ways to improve honey bee forage and nutrition — one of the primary drivers of the challenges honey bees and managed pollinators face throughout North America. The finalists, announced in November, presented their ideas to a panel of honey bee health experts earlier this week.

Monsanto, a member of the Coalition, generously provided support for the prize funds. In addition to the prize, the winners will have full access to subject matter experts and others from the Coalition’s member organizations — including mentoring and advice.

About the Honey Bee Health Coalition

The Honey Bee Health Coalition brings together beekeepers, growers, researchers, government agencies, agribusinesses, conservation groups, manufacturers and brands, and other key partners to improve the health of honey bees and other pollinators. Its mission is to collaboratively implement solutions that will help to achieve a healthy population of honey bees while also supporting healthy populations of native and managed pollinators in the context of productive agricultural systems and thriving ecosystems. The Coalition is focusing on accelerating collective impact to improve honey bee health in four key areas: forage and nutrition, hive management, crop pest management, and communications, outreach, and education.

Through its unique network of private and public sector members, the Coalition fosters new partnerships, leverages existing efforts and expertise, and incubates and implements new solutions. The Coalition brings its diverse resources to bear in promoting communication, coordination, collaboration, and investment to strategically and substantively improve honey bee health in North America. Learn more at honeybeehealthcoalition.org.

The Honey Bee Health Coalition is a project of the Keystone Policy Center, a nationally recognized nonprofit working to find collaborative, actionable solutions to public policy challenges. Keystone operates under a statement of independence to serve all of its project participants. Learn more at keystone.org.