Des Moines hosts FFA alumni at New Century Farmer Conference
A group of 43 Future Farmers of America alums, between the ages of 18 and 24 and from 21 states across the country, is getting a look inside the business operations of farming at the New Century Farmer Conference in Des Moines. The conference, which began Sunday and runs through Thursday, is designed for two- and four-year college students interested in pursuing a career in production agriculture. “The New Century Farmer program provides a pathway for FFA alumni to advance their leadership, personal and career skills,” Allie Ellis, National FFA Alumni and Supporters associate director, said in a news release. “The conference is a dedicated time for attendees to explore diverse farm operations with industry experts and learn what it takes to launch and maintain a successful career in agriculture.” According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2021, agriculture and related industries made up over 10% of U.S. employment.