Fall 2019
Welcome Carolyn Rozell as 
Foundation Operations Manager
 
Join us in welcoming Carolyn Rozell to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation staff as our new Operations Manager! 
 
Carolyn is based in our Middleton office to ensure the day-to-day operations of the Foundation run smoothly. She oversees the Grant and Scholarship programs and manages financial documentation of the organization. 
 
Welcome, Carolyn! 
 
Hansen Foods is a New
Star Mission Partner
 
 
Hansen Foods has partnered with the Wisconsin FFA Foundation with a $5,000 gift as a Star Mission Partner. The Green Bay-based company is a new benefactor of the non-profit organization, which supports the Wisconsin Association of FFA and other agricultural education partners statewide.
 
Hansen Foods has been in business for over 100 years, and its owner is a former member of the farming community and FFA.
 
“We are very excited about partnering with the Wisconsin FFA Foundation because we heavily support the Wisconsin agricultural community with the annual purchase of 2 million pounds of cheese and 1 million pounds of meat directly from our state to produce our award-winning pizzas,” says Karin Price, vice president of Fundraising and Business Development at Hansen Foods.

To read the full release, visit this link. 
Sygenta Awards Garden Grants
 
Thanks to another year of a generous $6,000 donation from Syngenta, eight Wisconsin FFA Chapters have received funds to either continue or start a new garden project at their school. A requirement of the grant program is that 50 percent of the crop is donated to a community cause.  
 
 
The Watertown FFA is a new participant in the GrowMore Communities Grant Program, and was able to incorporate planning, prepping and planting a garden into the ag classroom's curriculum last spring.
 
"Over the summer, the Growing Gardeners summer school program, assisted by our Watertown FFA Sentinel Luis Avila Vette, was able to work in the large garden plot and various raised beds," says Jessica Jones, an ag instructor and FFA advisor in Watertown. "Together all these projects have yielded a huge amount of cucumbers, sweet corn, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, onions, strawberries, squash, beans and peas. We are looking forward to a variety of melons and squashes that are in season now."
 Jones says all the produce has been donated to the school's food bank, The Gosling Nest.
 
"We are thankful for the opportunity given to us by the Wisconsin FFA Foundation and Syngenta," she adds. "They are truly helping to feed our Watertown students!"
Executive Director John HromyakDear Jonas & Jen,
 
With our nearly 21,000 agricultural education students back in classrooms, the 2019-2020 Wisconsin FFA year is well underway! And because of your partnership, the Wisconsin FFA Foundation is poised to once again benefit our members through grants, scholarships, and programming support. Your impact will be felt by our students - and their advisors - daily.
 
While you’ll read just a few examples of donor and sponsor generosity in this Corduroy Connection, we’ll be sharing these stories throughout the year in publications and on our Facebook page. As always, I invite you to contact us with any questions, comments, ideas, or stories as well.
 
Your engagement with the Foundation and with Wisconsin FFA is what makes our organization so strong. Whether attending state convention, volunteering with a local alumni affiliate, or making a financial contribution, you are investing in our members at a crucial time for agriculture. I’m continually humbled and heartened to see firsthand the network of support we’re all part of.
 
Thank you for your support of Wisconsin agricultural education and FFA - enjoy the updates in this newsletter and best wishes for a safe and happy fall season!
 
John Hromyak 
Executive Director, Wisconsin FFA Foundation
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Wisconsin FFA Preps for
National FFA Convention & Expo
 
 
 October 30 - Nov. 2
 Indianapolis, Indiana
 
Join us in celebrating Wisconsin FFA's  
achievements on the national stage! 
 
For more info on the event and registration details, visit this link.
 
A time-detailed press release of Wisconsin FFA's involvement at the National FFA Convention can be found here. Members will be competing for the highest honors the organization bestows, as well as participating as delegates, band and chorus members, and taking in educational opportunities. 
 
Some highlights of the four-day event include presentations from Bob Goff and Michelle Poler, as well as the National FFA Officer Team; concerts from country stars Brett Young and Old Dominion; business tours; a rodeo; music by the National FFA Band and Chorus; the second year of the 17,000-square-foot Blue Room, a cutting-edge, interactive educational opportunity; and many others. 
 
Thank you to our 2019 Golf Outings'
Sponsors and Participants! 
 
$35,000
 was raised to support Wisconsin FFA during the three regional events held this summer in Eau Claire, De Pere and Middleton. Stay tuned for 2020 dates and details! 
 
SAE Grants Now Available
 
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation has opened the application process for its 2019 Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Grants. The Foundation’s SAE Grants are available to Wisconsin Association of FFA members in six categories: aquaculture, dairy, grain production, livestock, organic agriculture and start-up.
 
The SAE Grant Program is open to current FFA members in grades 7 through 11 during the current, 2019-20 school year. The application for the SAE Grants can be found at wisconsinaged.org/ffa/scholarships-and-grants/ and must be postmarked by November 15, 2019, and mailed to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation office. 
 
As one aspect of the three-part agricultural education model, a student’s SAE provides avenues for them to consider multiple career options while developing industry-specific skills and applying their classroom-learned knowledge to a workplace setting. The recipients of the SAE grants are able to begin or expand their individual projects and experiences, truly giving them opportunities that otherwise may not be possible.
 
To read more about this opportunity, visit this link.
Star Mission Dollars Support New Team Ag Ed Website
 
 
We extend a huge THANK YOU to the Foundation's Star Mission Partners, whose generous gifts have supported a new, integrated website for Wisconsin's Agricultural Education Partners. Simply go to wisconsinaged.org to find all your favorite organizations in one spot: the Wisconsin Association of FFA, Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators (WAAE), Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association and of course, Wisconsin FFA Foundation. 
 
The "Explore" page also offers reference materials on agricultural careers, links to technical college programs and insight into the agricultural education three-circle model: classroom, FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experience. 
 
A major benefit of the new site is the ability for the state's agricultural educators, who also serve as FFA advisors, and their students/members to access information easily. They regularly need to prepare for conferences, award applications, and other opportunities. In addition, the Alumni and Foundation pages complete the circle of information for the state's agricultural education advocates and benefactors. 
 
"We are pleased that the new site visually showcases the energy and excitement of our students in Wisconsin Ag Ed/FFA," says Nicole Nelson, executive director for WAAE. "We are thankful for all the people and organizations who support their efforts, including the Star Mission Partners for enabling this project."  
Contact the Foundation Staff
 
Executive Director - John Hromyak
608-831-5058 x3
 
Operations Manager - Carolyn Rozell
608-831-5058 x1
 
Marketing Coordinator - Jen Bradley
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