Sarah Tweeten: Where are they now?

Returned AgriCorps Fellow: Sarah Tweeten Placement: Kumbungu Senior High School, Kumbungu, Northern Region, Ghana Class: 2 (2015-16) What are you up to now? Tell us about your day-to-day duties. I now work for Cerro Gordo County Farm Bureau in northern Iowa where I serve as the Office Administrator. In addition to my daily administrative duties, […]

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Mark Rippke: Where are they now?

Returned AgriCorps Fellow: Mark Rippke Placement: Buipe Senior High School, Buipe, Northern Region, Ghana Class: 3 (2016-17) What are you up to now? Tell us about your day-to-day duties. I’m currently working seasonal jobs in wine production. Last fall, I worked at Alta Colina winery in Paso Robles, California and currently working at Sileni Wines […]

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Summer 2017 Newsletter

Welcome Home 2016-2017 Fellows On June 26, we welcomed home our third class of AgriCorps Fellows from Ghana and Liberia. As a team, they trained 90 teachers in experiential education, taught 800 students agriculture and integrated sciences and built the capacity of 700 4-H and FFA members. Chairman Conaway Mentions AgriCorps In May 2016, Representative […]

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September Newsletter

Welcome Home 2015-2016 Fellows On June 24 we welcomed our second class of Fellows back from Ghana.  The 2015-2016 Fellows started 19 new 4-H/Future Farmer type clubs, hosted the first ever 4-H Ghana public speaking contest, trained more than 80 agriculture teachers on experiential learning and trained more than 900 4-H advisors on club creation […]

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Finding the Common Ground

I sat perched on a rock across from Elijah Gawaa, a middle aged Ghanaian farmer, as we chatted about his farm where he grew corn, soybeans, rice and peppers. “I know agric in America,” I started, “but I want you to help me know agric in Ghana”. Elijah’s face lit up as he nodded enthusiastically […]

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AgriCorps Summer Update

Dear Supporter, Last month, I had the opportunity to see the work our 4-H Africa partners are doing in Ethiopia.  I was there to research their program for a possible AgriCorps expansion.  In one rural community, I met Girum, a young man who had only been a 4-H member for one year.  I asked him what he wanted […]

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Why AgriCorps?

The National FFA Organization organized my first international experience when I was national FFA president in 2001. For decades, National FFA Officers have traveled to Japan to represent FFA and American agriculture to one of our largest agricultural trade partners. The officers work with members of the Future Farmers of Japan—an organization founded during Gen. […]

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American Volunteer to be Named “Sub-Chief” of West African Village

April 11, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  American Volunteer to be Named “Sub-Chief” of West African Village  ACCRA, GHANA – On June 5, 2015, the community of Adarkwa, Ghana, will hold a traditional ceremony to honor John Romo as Nkosuohene, a sub-chief title part of the customary Akan chieftaincy. The Nkosuohene is the leader for progress and […]

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AgriCorps Spring Update

Dear supporter, AgriCorps continues to refine its mission of connecting American agriculture volunteers to the demand for school-based, agricultural education in the developing world.  With our seven corps members in Ghana, we have learned that this mission produces three outcomes.  First, we develop globally minded American agriculture professionals with experience living abroad.  Through the AgriCorps Training […]

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