October 2017
Celebrate with Wisconsin 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 on the event, visit: this link.
  • To see who from Wisconsin will be particpating, when and where, read the press release here
  • And for live coverage during the event, go to this link
Investors Community Bank Supports FFA as New Star Mission Partner
Investors Community Bank has committed financial support to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation as a One-Star Star Mission Partner. 
(Below: The 2017-18 State FFA Officers visited with Investors Community Bank at World Dairy Expo.)  

The Foundation’s Star Mission Partners support all entities of Wisconsin FFA (Alumni, Association, Center, Foundation and WAAE) through a grant program available for projects in the following areas: agricultural education program start-up; agricultural education program retention and growth; agricultural education teacher recruitment, retention and group education; developing Team Ag-Ed program leadership; increasing agricultural education’s focus on agriscience, technology, engineering and mathematics; and developing FFA programs based upon the FFA vision to Grow Leaders, Build Communities and Strengthen Agriculture.
To read the full release, visit this link
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Rick and Gwen Dado 
Rick and Gwen Dado are proud to donate to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation.  Currently, they own a dairy farm in Amery, Wisconsin - Four Hands Holsteins. They are both past State FFA Officers - Gwen Betzold (1982-83 State FFA Secretary) and Rick (1983-84 State Treasurer and 1984-85 State FFA President). They have four children Bethany Senn (Travis), Ethan - State Parliamentarian 2014-15, Trent, and Meikah - State Reporter 2017-18. 
Each of their children competed in one or more of the following competitions at National FFA Convention - FFA Creed speaking, extemporaneous speaking, Parliamentary Procedure, dairy evaluation, and livestock evaluation. FFA is certainly an integral part of their family.
Rick and Gwen continue to assist the Amery FFA chapter by coaching dairy evaluation, quiz bowl and extemporaneous speaking. Gwen has also coached the Osceola FFA Dairy Evaluation team.  In addition, they financially assist the chapter as Amery teams continue to represent Wisconsin at the National FFA Convention.
The Dado's message to others is this: "The plethora of opportunities available to FFA members and accomplishments achieved by past and current FFA members make it easy for us to promote FFA to students and parents we come in contact with throughout our community. Furthermore, it is partially because of their FFA experiences that each of our children are pursuing a career in agriculture.
We continue to support the Wisconsin FFA Foundation because we believe Wisconsin FFA members are truly the FUTURE of AGRICULTURE."
Make Your Year-End Gift Today
To make an online gift or start a recurring gift to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation, visit this link
If you would like to discuss a planned gift in the form of an endowment, bequest, annuity, etc., contact Executive Director John Hromyak at (608) 831-5058 x3. 
Dear Jonas & Jen,
Executive Director John HromyakAs the cooler weather comes our way, FFA programming heats up! Chapters across the state have been busy - getting into the swing of the new school year, attending workshops and conferences, and continuing their hands-on and classroom learning. With National Convention coming up this week (Oct. 25 - 28), many members and advisors have also made plans to join 60,000 of their FFA peers in Indianapolis. 
During this fall seaon, our board and staff remain focused on supporting FFA programming - through the annual fund, scholarships, chapter grants, state convention support, leadership programming, and award sponsorships. We - and all of Wisconsin FFA - are grateful to our individual benefactors and industry sponsors like you who have joined us on our mission.
Please enjoy the updates in this edition of the Corduroy Connection, and thank you for your continued support of Wisconsin FFA!
John Hromyak 
Executive Director, Wisconsin FFA Foundation
SAE Grant Applications Due Nov. 15
Applications are due Nov. 15, 2017, for the Wisconsin FFA Foundation’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Grant Program. The application can be found at www.wisconsinffa.org and must be postmarked by Nov. 15 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
Sponsorship Opportunities Online
A list of open Proficiency, Career Development Event and Leadership Development Event sponsorship opportunities for the 2017-18 Campaign Year is online now at the Foundation's homepage. 
Visit this link to see the list and see where you can make a difference for Wisconsin's FFA students. 
Thank you! 
Brooke Brantner
2017-18 Section 2 Vice President 
Home Chapter:
Menomonie FFA
College: UW-River Falls
Major: Animal Science 
Supervised Agricultural Experiences: 
Beef Entrepreneurship and Diversified Livestock Production Placement
Hello! My name is Brooke Brantner and I am serving as one of the 2017-2018 Wisconsin FFA State Vice Presidents. Currently, I am sophomore at the UW-River Falls where I am majoring in Animal Science with a meat animal emphasis – science option degree. My career goal is to stay connected to agriculture as an embryologist in the cattle industry.
My roots in FFA began in eighth grade and excelled throughout my high school career. I had the chance to participate in activities such as the creed speaking contest, dairy judging career development events, and a wide range of community service opportunities. Outside of FFA I am involved in 4-H, raising and exhibiting cattle, the Dunn County dairy judging team, and have been playing the piano for the past 13 years.
My favorite high school FFA memory occurred when the Menomonie FFA was granted the ability to take and raise a Brown Swiss steer from a local dairy at which I was completing my senior year internship. Through this program, we were better able to educate classes, have hands on demonstrations, and allow students who hadn’t had the chance to exhibit a steer an opportunity to do so. The steer was housed and cared for at my home farm, and I was able to coach and prepare demonstrations for the students that were to be showing him throughout the summer, and made sure that they had the handling, feeding, and grooming skills needed to be safe and successful.
This steer was exhibited and then sold at the Dunn County Fair’s Meat Animal Auction. The proceeds that were made are now being used to purchase and raise another livestock project for students. This project was a huge success not only for our FFA chapter but education as a whole. It brought students and clubs together, and allowed them to learn and grow through the care of a large animal.
This memory is just one of countless that has impacted the lives of many, and wouldn’t have been possible without the support, dedication, and sponsorship from FFA partners. My team and I are looking forward to continuing to impact the lives of members by challenging them to step out of their comfort zone and Live Their Why. We are excited to continue to meet and thank so many of the Wisconsin FFA partners. It’s your sponsorship that changes the lives of members each and every day! Thank you for making a difference!
Oct. 25-28: 90th National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
Nov. 2: Foundation Board Meeting
Baraboo, WI
Nov. 10-11: 212/360 FFA Conferences
Green Bay, WI
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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