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February 2019
Online Now:
2018 Annual Report  
 
 
Find the 2018 Wisconsin FFA and Wisconsin FFA Foundation Annual Report online at the link below: 
 
 
Thank you to Filament Marketing and Dairyland Power Cooperative for their help with the Annual Report.
Chapter Grants Now Available
 
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation has opened the application period for the 2019 Chapter Grants. Five opportunities are available to FFA chapters around the state due to generous funding from Foundation sponsors.
 
The Foundation’s 2019 Chapter Grant Program is available in these categories: AgCountry Chapter Grant, Bethany L. Rieth Memorial Community Service, Burton H. Morris Chapter Grant, Food for America, and WAXX/Wisconsin Farm Report Network with Pam Jahnke Convention Grant.
 
To be eligible for a 2019 Wisconsin FFA Foundation Chapter Grant, FFA chapters must be in good standing with the Wisconsin Association of FFA and submit a completed application to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation by March 22, 2019. 
 
The application can be found on the Wisconsin FFA Foundation website under “Chapter Grants” (www.wisconsinffafoundation.org).
 
A full press release with grant details is at this link
 
GrowMore Communities - Syngenta continues to partner with FFA 
In 2018, Wisconsin FFA members grew 9,141 pounds of produce and donated 8,408 pounds as part of the GrowMore Communities grant program. 
 
Syngenta's unique partnership with the Wisconsin FFA Foundation began in 2016, and supports eight Wisconsin FFA Chapter gardens: Antigo, Columbus, Ellsworth, Holmen, Oshkosh North, Randolph Cambria-Friesland, Shullsburg and Waupun. 
 
Congratulations to everyone on another great year of successful gardening and community service. Thank you to Syngenta for continuing to invest in agriculture's future in Wisconsin! 
 
              Columbus FFA members grew pumpkins
              to raise funds for the local hospital. 
 
National FFA Week: Feb. 16-23
 
 
 
Be a part of the Wisconsin FFA Officer Team's FFA Week activities on their Facebook page! 
Click here to follow along. 
Just For Fun
 

 
Enjoy this video by our 2018-19 State Officer Team. It's a nice recap of the January Half-Time Conference held in Stevens Point, and shares the impact you, our donors, have on many young members' lives. Thank you! 
 
Executive Director John HromyakDear ,
 
On behalf of Wisconsin FFA, Happy 2019! We hope your year is off to a great start, whether you’ve been fortunate to avoid the polar vortex – or getting plenty of shoveling practice!
 
Either way, it’s hard to believe we’re already in the second half of the 2018-19 academic year for Wisconsin Ag Ed and FFA. Since our last update, we’ve awarded thousands in SAE Grants, held Half-Time conference for hundreds of FFA members, and joined our FFA Advisors in planning for a successful spring – when it gets even busier.
 
As we keep our focus on preparing our young members for their future careers supporting agriculture, we also realize the challenges our ag industry continues to face each day. Despite these challenges, it has been incredible to see the continued investment in our mission from so many businesses, individuals, and organizations.
 
Our members learn from the example of resilience and commitment of our benefactors like yourself, and we truly would not be successful without you.
 
Enjoy the updates below – thank you for staying connected with Wisconsin FFA!
 
John Hromyak 
Executive Director, Wisconsin FFA Foundation
608-831-5058x3
 
Bio-Vet, Inc. Partners with Foundation
 
Bio-Vet, Inc., has partnered with the Wisconsin FFA Foundation with a $5,000 gift. The Barneveld-based company is a new benefactor of the non-profit organization, which supports the Wisconsin Association of FFA and other agricultural education partners statewide.
 
Bio-Vet, Inc. is supporting Wisconsin FFA members as a Leadership Partner, sponsor of the Dairy Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) grants and also a sponsor of the Beef Production Proficiency award. Wisconsin FFA continues to grow and thrive, with more than 21,000 members wearing the iconic blue and gold corduroy jacket in the state.
 
To read the full press release, visit this link
Scholarship Applications Due March 15
 
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation is now accepting applications from eligible Wisconsin Association of FFA members for its 2018-19 Post-Secondary Scholarships.
 
The application is available on the Wisconsin FFA Foundation’s website home page (wisconsinffafoundation.org), or on the Wisconsin FFA’s website under the “Programs” tab (wisconsinffa.org). All applications are to be postmarked by March 15, 2019, to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation office.
 
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation's 2019 scholarships are generously provided by the following companies, individuals, and endowed funds:

Matthew D. Anderson Endowment
ANIMART, Inc.
Badger State Ethanol
Harold and Geneva Beals Endowment
Walter and Delores Bjoraker Endowment
Blain’s Farm and Fleet
ConAgra Brands
Arnold and Katherine Cordes Endowment
Mary Elstad and Dean P. Gagnon Endowment 
Elstad Brothers Endowment
Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association
Farmer Community Giving, Organic Valley
GROWMARK
Kenneth K. Heideman Endowment
Gordon Iverson Endowment
Rodney O. Kittelsen Endowment
Robert and Herta Laatsch Family Endowment
Virgil & Ann Martinson Endowment
Roundy’s
Louis M. Sasman of the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Madison Endowment
Bernie and Marty Staller Endowment
Star Blends
Robert Wohlford Memorial
Van Wychen Endowment
Wisconsin Agri-Business Association
Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation
WPS Farm Show Food Vendors
 
For more information, please contact the Wisconsin FFA Foundation via phone at 608-831-5058 or email at: info@wisconsinffafoundation.org.
 
 
 
Amber Vickers Keller 
 
 
 
I was the FFA member who almost wasn’t a member. Years ago as I looked to the future and began choosing high school classes to prepare me for college and beyond, I didn’t initially sign up for an agricultural education class. Through the gentle prodding from family members and our school ag teacher, Dick Meske, I changed my mind and enrolled in that very first ag class on the first day of high school.  THAT was a defining moment in my life - one that I still remember
and has defined my life since that time in so many ways. 
 
Not only has my life been shaped by those formative years spent exploring, learning and serving in FFA, I have witnessed how it has shaped the lives of others - professionally, personally, and as demonstrated by their leadership examples in our communities.  Over the years I have bumped into many former FFA members who have gone on to be successful in agribusiness, science and research, healthcare, culinary arts, education, and law. FFA prepares leaders for the agricultural industry, but it also prepares leaders for EVERY industry, vocation, and role they may have in their life’s journey.
 
In my professional role as an agricultural banker, I encourage farm clients to periodically examine their farm business succession plan- strategizing on how the business will evolve, grow, and prosper.  A good succession plan requires regular contributions of time, talent, and capital by the individuals involved to see it through to fruition. 
 
Similarly, investing in Wisconsin FFA ensures that this organization’s succession plan stays on track. Your contributions of time, talent, and financial support will ensure that Wisconsin FFA continues to be the catalyst for many defining moments in the lives of future leaders for years to come. Please join me in this cause. 
 
* Amber is a past president of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation, and first female president of the Wisconsin Association of FFA. She also is a dedicated donor and member of the Foundation's elite Blue and Gold Society. 
 Support WI FFA @ the Winter Farm Shows
 
Eau Claire Farm Show
Date: March 5-6, 2019
Place: Menards Conference Center, Eau Claire 
 
Donate items for this two-day silent auction sponsored by The Country Today at the Eau Claire Farm Show. All proceeds benefit the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. For more information, or to donate an auction item, contact Heidi Clausen at heidi.clausen@ecpc.com
 
 
 
Date: March 26-28, 2019
Place: EAA Grounds in Oshkosh
 
Donate items for the three-day silent auction held in Hangar B at the WPS Farm Show. All proceeds benefit the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. For more information, or to donate an auction item, contact Jen Bradley at jbradley@wisconsinffafoundation.org, or use this link for a donation form. 
 
Contact the Foundation Staff
 
Executive Director - John Hromyak
608-831-5058 x3
 
Marketing Coordinator - Jen Bradley
608-831-5058 x2 
 

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