September 2017
Honor Your Ag Teacher With a Tribute Gift for Nat'l Teach Ag Day
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This week honor your current or past ag teacher with a tribute gift of any amount to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. This financial contribution can be in memory or in honor of someone that has influenced your FFA career. Our ag teachers become our mentors, friends and even colleagues through the years. 

Follow this link to make your tribute gift today! 
We will announce the tributes on social media throughout the day on Sept. 21, National Teach Ag Day 2017! Their name (and yours) also will be listed in our bi-annual print newsletter and Annual Report. 
Join WI FFA at the 90th National FFA Convention
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When: October 25-28, 2017
Where: Indianapolis, Indiana
Join us in celebrating Wisconsin FFA's  
achievements on the national stage! 
For more info, visit: this link.
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Wisconsin Corn Growers Association
The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association is a grassroots organization committed to increasing the profitability of corn production through sound policies, continued market development and strong involvement in the political process.
This statewide organization is a long-time sponsor of the Grain Production Proficiency Award and has just become the sole sponsor of the Foundation's Grain Production Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Grant. 
"Wisconsin Corn is proud to sponsor the Wisconsin FFA Foundation," says its Executive Director and Wisconsin FFA Foundation Board Member, Nicole Wagner. "As an organization, we need future members that have leadership skills and are willing to invest time to an organization. Wisconsin FFA helps develop and nurture their members to be our future industry leaders"
She welcomes other FFA supporters to learn more about how the Wisconsin FFA Foundation helps support the Wisconsin FFA Association by visiting our website "Or plan to attend the Wisconsin FFA Convention in June to see the sea of corduroy jackets," Nicole adds. "Help us build the future of agriculture."
Dear Jonas & Jen,
These past few weeks it has been “first day of school" season for our FFA members and agricultural educators across the state. No matter how many first days they’ve had, however, I know the start of the school year brings new energy, new experiences, and yes, new challenges too.
It’s fitting then that National Teach Ag Day (Sept. 21) is at the beginning of the school year, so that we can recognize the efforts and sacrifices of our ag educators – and most importantly, say thank you!
As the academic year kicks off, so too does FFA programming. Our state officers are on the road – presenting workshops, visiting chapters as well as industry leaders – and are teaming with chapter officers and advisors in preparation for a successful year. We wish them well!
Please enjoy the updates in this edition of the Corduroy Connection and watch for our Fall Newsletter, coming to your mailbox soon. 
Thank you for your continued support and engagement with Wisconsin FFA!
John Hromyak 
Executive Director, Wisconsin FFA Foundation
SAE Grants Available for FFA Members
Applications are now being accepted for the Wisconsin FFA Foundation’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Grant Program. The application can be found at and must be postmarked by November 15, 2017, and mailed to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation office.  
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. Grain production is a new category, thanks to support from Foundation donors. Applicants must be a current FFA member in grades 7 through 11 during the current, 2017-18 school year.
Through this grant program, Wisconsin FFA members receive financial support for their designated SAE project, anything from starting a new business to increasing a livestock herd size. A student’s SAE is one segment of the state’s triad agricultural education program, which includes classroom and FFA involvement. The SAE program also is known for its mentorship of students by agricultural industry leaders.
To read the rest of this release, visit this link
Meikah Dado
2017-18 State FFA Reporter
Home Chapter:
Amery FFA
College: UW-Madison
Major: Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication
Supervised Agricultural Experiences: Dairy Placement
My name is Meikah Dado and I am serving as the 2017-18 Wisconsin FFA State Reporter. I began my FFA journey as a quiz bowl competitor in 7th grade. From then on I enjoyed competing in different Leadership Development Events and Career Development Events ranging from employment skills to dairy judging. This fall, I will be a sophomore at UW-Madison where I am working on a double major in Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication. I hope to help advocate and ensure new technologies in the agriculture and dairy industry.
As reporter, I hope to bring Wisconsin FFA closer this year through the use of social media. I am eager to meet FFA members across the state and promote the agriculture industry. The use of new technologies and media available to us allows us to properly advocate what it truly means to be involved in FFA and support agriculture to our members, alumni, and sponsors.
My team is very excited to continue encouraging FFA members to find their niche within the FFA, and continue passing on the love for the agricultural industry. In addition, we are looking forward to meeting and connecting with more Wisconsin FFA partners. Our sponsors are showing what it truly means to live to serve!
Sept. 18 - Oct. 10: FFA Sectional Leadership Workshop
Sept. 30: FIRE Conference
Fox Valley Technical College - Appleton
Oct. 3-7: World Dairy Expo
Alliant Energy Center, Madison 
Oct. 7: FIRE Conference
UW- Madison
Oct. 14: FIRE Conference
UW-River Falls
Oct. 25-28: 90th National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
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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