September/October 2018
Wisconsin FFA Alumni Hosts Regional Development Conference 
 
 
Wisconsin FFA Alumni Section 8 representatives gather at the National FFA Alumni Regional Development Conference held September 22-23 in Madison. 
 
"Thank you to all of our attendees at 2018 RDC in Madison, and a shout-out to American Family for the use of their training facility," says Cari Sabel, Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association president elect. "What an energizing conference put on by National FFA Alumni and Supporters. It was full of opportunities to network, learn and grow. We can't wait to see the results in local FFA Alumni chapters!" 
 
New Sponsor Supports Variety
of Wisconsin FFA Programs
AgCountry Farm Credit Services has sponsored a $10,000 gift to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation as a new benefactor of the non-profit organization, which supports the Wisconsin Association of FFA and other agricultural education partners statewide.
 
AgCountry is supporting Wisconsin FFA members as a Leadership Partner, Convention Partner and offering chapter grants to meet the greatest need in the areas it serves. Wisconsin FFA continues to grow and thrive, with a 39-year-high in membership, more than 21,000 members wearing the iconic blue and gold corduroy jacket in the state.

To read the full release, visit this link. 
SAE Grants Now Available
 
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Grant Program. The Foundation’s SAE Grants are available to Wisconsin FFA members in five categories this year: dairy, grain production, livestock, organic agriculture and start-up.
 
The program is open to current FFA members in grades 7 through 11 during the current, 2018-19 school year. The application for the SAE Grants can be found at www.wisconsinffafoundation.org and must be postmarked by November 15, 2018, and mailed to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation office. 
 
The 2018 SAE Grants are funded by these Wisconsin FFA Foundation donors: Andis Foundation, BlueScope Buildings, Dairy Business Association, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association, Foremost Farms USA, Nasco, Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, Sartori Company, Saputo Cheese USA Inc., Viroqua Food Co-op, We Energies and the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association.
 
To read more about this opportunity, visit this link.
Safety Guidelines for Youth in Ag
 
 
The National Farm Medicine Center and National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety provides easy access to agricultural safety information for agricultural industry farmers and ranchers.
 
The Cultivate Safety website can be found at this link, and a downloadable Child/Youth Agricultural Safety Checklist, which provides a list of safety checks for a farm, is located here.
 
Executive Director John HromyakDear Sara,
 
As we welcome the fall season to Wisconsin, we find ourselves already a few weeks into the 2018-19 school year!
 
We say thank you for your support of all 21,173 Wisconsin FFA members as they begin their year of classroom instruction, workshops and conferences, and hands-on agricultural education. Your impact will be felt by them - and their advisors - daily.
 
As you’ll see in this newsletter, the Foundation has been continuing its mission of supporting a variety of programs for agricultural education. From grants and scholarships that benefit individuals and local chapters across the state, to programs that reach all organizations involved in agricultural education, we are humbled each year by the partnerships and benefactors who support our students.
 
We will continue to share the stories of our talented youth and the outcomes of your support in the coming months. Be sure to follow our Facebook page for regular updates as well.
 
Thank you again for your support of Wisconsin agricultural education and FFA - enjoy the rest of the updates in this Corduroy Connection and have a great fall!
 
John Hromyak 
Executive Director, Wisconsin FFA Foundation
608-831-5058x3
 
91st National FFA Convention 
 
 
When: October 24-27, 2018
Where: Indianapolis, Indiana
 
Join us in celebrating Wisconsin FFA's  
achievements on the national stage! 
 
For more info on the event, visit this link.
 
 
 
 
   Paul Gross 
 
 
 
Paul Gross of London, Ohio, hasn’t forgot his roots in Wisconsin or the FFA. Paul was a member of the Johnson Creek FFA chapter as well as a member of the 1989-90 State Officer team which was led by Amber Vickers, the state’s first female president.
 
Today, Paul and Kirsten Gross live in central Ohio with their family of four children: Cheney, Reagan, Nixon, and Quincy Adams. They own several thousand acres of land and actively raise beef cattle to keep their kids grounded and develop the solid work ethic that can only come from agriculture. 
 
Paul’s primary profession is off the farm however, where he owns, operates, and manages two highly successful retirement communities and a separate large insurance claim management company. 
 
When asked why he routinely gives to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation, Paul explains: “Aside from my parents, I attribute the foundation for my current personal and business success to the lessons, leadership, and values that the FFA taught and instilled in me. There is no institution or university that has the capacity or wherewithal to prepare and influence young adults for life in the same way the Wisconsin FFA does." 
 
He adds: “I personally feel compelled to give back to this remarkable organization that has given me so much." 
Thank you to ou2018 Golf Outings'
Sponsors and Participants! 
$40,500
 was raised to support Wisconsin FFA.
Read more about the events here. 
Star Mission Donors Support New Ag Teachers 
 
Twenty-four new agricultural education instructors can be found in classrooms throughout Wisconsin this fall. The Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators (WAAE) used a Star Mission Grant from the Wisconsin FFA Foundation to provide Instructional Kits to these new teachers and FFA advisors, pictured at left during this summer's WAAE Professional Development Conference. 
 
"WAAE is excited to welcome so many new agricultural instructors into our profession," says Becky Wirkus, the organization's current president and ag teacher at Stratford High School. "Agriculture education is vital to the success of our country and we value the enthusiasm, passion, energy and creativity that these new instructors will dedicate to our field. The many facets of agriculture bind us together as a society and we need qualified instructors who will help develop agricultural industry leaders for generations to come."
 
Sept. 17 - Oct. 4
Wisconsin FFA Sectional Leadership Workshops/
Business & Industry Visits
 
Oct. 6 and Oct. 13 
WIsconsin FFA FIRE Conference
For details, click here
 
Oct. 24-27
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
For details, click here
 
Nov. 9-10 
Wisconsin FFA 212 and 360 Conferences
Stevens Point, WI
For details, click here 
 
Contact the Foundation Staff
 
Executive Director - John Hromyak
608-831-5058 x3
 
Operations Manager - Carol Ellis
608-831-5058 x1
 
Marketing Coordinator - Jen Bradley
608-831-5058 x2 
 

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