American farmers have a long history of overcoming obstacles, such as helping the country emerge from the Dust Bowl by switching to contour plowing in 1938 and eradicating the boll weevil in 1978 by employing integrated pest management techniques. In both cases – and many others – the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was there to help farmers achieve success.
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Millions of youth around the country will become “aerospace engineers” for a day on Wednesday, as 4-H National Youth Science Day’s “Rockets to the Rescue” takes center stage during National 4-H Week, Oct. 5–11.
Jim Hafer’s passion for teaching is second only to his savvy in leveraging opportunity. Hafer, an agriculture instructor at Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer, Mont., noticed a gathering storm of local retirements forming at both Pacific Power and Light’s cogeneration plants and at Western Energy’s coal mines. He made a decision. His students could—and would—fill the coming talent gap caused by the retirement of the Baby Boomer generation.