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Special Convention Preview Edition - June 9, 2019
Monday, June 10
A Day of Service
 
Thank you, Platinum Convention Partner, Kerry, for sponsoring the Day of Service on Monday, June 10! 
 
 
The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger will be held in the evening on Monday prior to the Reflections program. The rally will engage 475 members and advisors from across the state at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
 
Earlier in the day, 200 members are traveling to eight local sites to give back to the Madison community as part of this day of service.
 
Tuesday, June 11
Donor Recogniton and
Chris Kroeze Concert
 
Join us for the 90th Wisconsin FFA Convention Third Session on Tuesday, June 11, at 8 p.m. Madison's Alliant Energy Center will be full of blue and gold jackets, and also the sponsors who support them. 
 
The Third Session includes recognition of our top supporters: Star Mission Partners, Leadership Partners and Convention Partners. During that time, three new Wisconsin FFA Foundation Blue and Gold Society members will be inducted on stage. 
 
Foundation Executive Director John Hromyak will address the crowd, as well as Board President Ginger Braml. She will have an exciting announcement about this year's Foundation campaign results! 
Following the Third Session, special guest Chris Kroeze will hold a concert for FFA members, sponsored by Culver's.
Kroeze, a native of Barron, Wis., was runner-up on NBC's The Voice.
 
The entire Wisconsin FFA family is excited to be a part of this event. The concert begins at 10 p.m. Tuesday night. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase ($20) at the door. The concert is open to registered guests of the Wisconsin FFA Convention. 
 
Wedneday, June 12
Stars and State Degrees 
 
 
Renk Seed is again sponsoring the State FFA Degree luncheon on Wednesday, June 12. 

Degrees are awarded at the Fifth Session following the luncheon. 
 
 
 
 
That evening, Compeer Financial will be on stage to present the state's Star Awards as the sponsor of the highly coveted honors.  
 
Thank you to these Platinum Convention Partners! 
 
 
Thank you, Convention Partners
 
The 90th Wisconsin FFA Convention is only possible through the generous financial contributions of the following donors.
 
We are grateful they support this annual event, an opportunity to showcase our amazing FFA members, their parents, teachers and our dedicated sponsors. 
  • Platinum – CHS Foundation; Compeer Financial; Culver’s; Kerry; and Renk Seed
  • Gold – AgCountry Farm Credit Services; Greenstone Farm Credit Services; GROWMARK, Inc.; US Army ROTC 3rd BDE; Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation; and the Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association
  • Silver – Seneca Foods Corporation and Wisconsin Public Service
  • Bronze – Agropur Inc.; Badger State Ethanol, LLC; Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, CentralStar Cooperative; Citizens State Bank of Loyal; CNH Industrial Capital; John Deere Company, Lakeside Foods, Inc.; Southwest Technical College; The DeLong Company; Town Bank: We Energies; and the Wisconsin Farmers Union
  • Supporter – Foremost Farms USA; Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau; Jennie-O Turkey Store; Sargento Foods, Inc.; Sevastopol FFA Chapter; and the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators
  • Friend – Brookwood FFA; Ellsworth FFA; Fox Cities Builders; Green Bay East FFA; Horicon FFA; Lomira FFA; Milton FFA; Mondovi FFA; Kenneth and Joyce Natzke; Richard and Sue Schultz; Sauk Prairie FFA; Stanley-Boyd FFA; UW-River Falls AgEd Society and Alpha Tau Alpha; and Wyffels Hybrids
Foundation Welcomes New Blue and Gold Society Members
 
On Tuesday evening, June 11, three new members are being inducted into the Foundation’s Blue and Gold Society on the State FFA Convention stage. Dennis and Joan Behr, Paul Gross and Jerry Steiner will join this prestigious group of donors who have made significant financial contributions to the Foundation.
 
Dennis and Joan Behr have seen first-hand the positive impact FFA has on young people who are interested in agriculture and leadership development. Joan recently retired as a communications executive with Foremost Farms USA after a 32-year career with the cooperative and previously served on the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Board of Directors.
 
They say the decision to be part of the Blue & Gold Society is their small way of nurturing the talent and knowledge that it will take to feed the world, develop new products and markets, and implement new technology that advances agriculture.
 
Paul Gross was a member of the Johnson Creek FFA chapter as well as a member of the 1989-90 state officer team.Today, he and his wife, Kirsten, live in central Ohio with their family of four children, Cheney, Reagan, Nixon, and Quincy Adams.
 
Paul's primary profession is off the farm however, where he owns, operates, and manages two retirement communities and a separate large insurance claim management company. They also own several thousand acres of ground and actively raise beef cattle to keep their kids grounded and develop the solid work ethic that can only come from agriculture. 
 
Jerry Steiner has enjoyed a 40-year career in the agriculture industry, and it all started with FFA through his service as the 1978-79 Wisconsin Vice President from the New Holstein Chapter.
 
He served at Monsanto for 30 years, eventually as the company’s executive vice president of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs.
 
Currently, Jerry is CEO of agricultural startup CoverCress Inc. In addition, he is a Trustee of the Keystone Policy Center focused on education, health policy, and the environment. And, founder of Field to Market, an alliance seeking sustainable outcomes for agriculture. He also serves on the Board of the national AGR Foundation. 
 
The Blue and Gold Society was formed in 2001 and with these generous donors, will now number 36 in membership.
 
Wednesday, June 12
Convention Expo
 
75 exhibitors representing education, industry and other organizations will be joining us at the FFA Convention Expo this year! 
 
Show Hours:
Wednesday June 12, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 
Location:
Exhibition Hall - Hall B at the Alliant Energy Center
 
Who’s Invited:
EVERYONE!!
Alumni, parents, advisors, school administration and all members. Guests can check in at registration in the atrium of the Expo Center.
 
 
 
Contact the Foundation Staff
 
Executive Director - John Hromyak
608-831-5058 x3
 
Marketing Coordinator - Jen Bradley
608-831-5058 x2 
 
Student Intern - Meikah Dado
608-831-5058 x1 
 
 

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