People often ask me where my passion for agriculture originates. After seeing me gladly stand up against pundits pointing fingers at farmers, many likely think it’s the anti-ag groups that fuel my fire. While it’s true that each piece of misinformation fans the flame, it’s really the people behind the food plate that give me the greatest inspiration. (more…)

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FFA Alumna Michele Payn-Knoper Reflects

FFA Alumna Michele Payn-Knoper Reflects

If you wore blue and gold corduroy, you likely understand intense feelings that have transcended two decades.  March 1989 is a month I remember clearly, even if 20 years have gone by in a blink of an eye.  The Municipal Auditorium at Michigan State University had a distinct fervor of excitement, anticipation and apprehension.  You see, it was the place where our State FFA Officer team led the Michigan FFA Convention.  I recall the thrill of dashing up the aisles during opening ceremonies, rocking the house with a couple of thousand screaming FFA members and working with a group of people who still hold a special place in my heart today. (more…)