Corduroy Connection | Holiday 2019
Support Wisconsin FFA and Agricultural Education
 
Luke Wiedenfeld is right at home as the Lake Mills ag instructor/FFA advisor, and a doubled enrollment his first two years shows the students are too.
 
Luke is a 1994 Lake Mills graduate himself, who went onto serve as a State FFA Secretary, the state's National FFA Officer Candidate, and then graduate from UW-Madison. After a nearly two-decade career at Kraft Foods-Oscar Mayer in Madison, the company closed the location and coincidentally, Lake Mills was hiring an ag teacher.
 
"It was the perfect timing - an opportunity to give back to my hometown by rebuilding our agriculture and FFA program."

"FFA provided me opportunities to build leadership and public speaking skills, and build a network of friends and supporters. Now I can give back while doing what I have always loved - being involved with agriculture and FFA." 
 
This holiday season, Rise Up and Stand Out!
Support Wisconsin FFA. 
 
Make your holiday gift here
Foundation Awards Record $33,700 in
SAE Grants
 
In a record-setting day, the Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Grant committee of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation awarded nearly $34,000 in grants to Wisconsin FFA members. A total of 47 members from 30 chapters will receive $33,712 to either start or advance their SAE projects.
 
Dairy SAE Grant winner Wesley Winch from the Fennimore FFA Chapter. 
 
The 2019 Wisconsin FFA Foundation SAE Grants were awarded in five categories: dairy, grain production, livestock, organic agriculture and start-up. Candidates were chosen based on the level and scope of their SAE project, as well as their age, financial need and future plans for their individual projects.
 
Click here to read the full list of donors and SAE grant winners. 
 
Register today:
40th Wisconsin FFA Alumni Convention 
 
 
When: Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2020
Where: Milwaukee Marriott West
 
Early registration deadline is Dec. 30th!
 
Convention Highlights
Keynote Speaker: Shelly Jurewicz, Executive Director of FaB Wisconsin
Friday night tour and fish dinner at Milwaukee Vincent High School
Annual WI FFA Alumni Business Meeting
Topical Workshops
Local Ag Business Tours
Silent and Live Auctions supporting Wisconsin FFA
Dueling Guitars
 
For more info on the event and to register,
visit this link.
Foundation Celebrates Successful #GivingTuesday 
 
Thank you, donors, for another successful #GivingTuesday on December 3! 
 
We raised $7,500 for Wisconsin FFA on this National Day of Giving. Enjoy this thank-you video from the 2019-20 Wisconsin FFA State Officer Team. 
 
 
Wisconsin Ag Instructors Selected for National
Training Opportunities 
 
Becky Grabarski, the agriculture instructor and FFA advisor at Adams-Friendship High School, was selected to attend the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy as part of the 2019 National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Convention. 
 
She says, "Teachers selected to attend this academy spend a week in the summer learning about inquiry based education. They then teach workshops at NAAE National Convention and National FFA Convention. It is a wonderful opportunity." 
 
Other NAAE special involvement from Wisconsin Association of Ag Educators (WAAE) included:
  • Kayla Loewenhagen (Fall Creek) and Gwen Boettcher (De Forest) - XLR8 Program to help retain mid-career teachers,
  • Emily Watson (Clear Lake) - FAST Program for future agriscience teachers, and 
  • Katelyn Dei (Slinger) - Teacher Turn the Key Program, focused on professional development for young career teachers.
Congratulations to everyone who participated, was honored through awards and learned many skills at the NAAE Convention to bring home to Wisconsin. Thank you, ag teachers! 
Become a Named Scholarship Sponsor for 2020
 
Interested in supporting Wisconsin FFA members as they pursue their higher education goals? 
 
In 2019, more than $25,000 was awarded to Wisconsin FFA members through scholarships from the Foundation.
 
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation is accepting new scholarship sponsorships through March 15, 2020. 
 
Scholarship sponsorships ($625 minimum) can be named in memory or honor of an individual, and be directed to support a specific major, local chapter or geographical area. The Foundation scholarship program is open to FFA members in good standing, who are at least a senior in high school, or already enrolled in college, and have maintained a satisfactory scholastic record in school.
 
Donors are involved in the scholarship selection process and recognized through press releases, online and social media avenues, as well as the FFA Annual Report. 
 
For more information on sponsoring a Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship in 2020, contact John Hromyak via email at jhromyak@wisconsinffafoundation.org or by calling the Foundation office at (608) 831-5058 x3. 
 
 Support WI FFA @ the Winter Farm Show
 
 
Date: Tue, Mar 31 – Thu, Apr 2, 2020
  Place: EAA Grounds in Oshkosh
 
We raised $10,000 in 2019 in three days! Help us do it again in 2020 for Wisconsin FFA and ag education!
 
We're now accepting donated items for the three-day silent auction held in Hangar B at the WPS Farm Show. All proceeds benefit the Wisconsin FFA Foundation.
 
For more information, or to donate an auction item, contact Jen Bradley at jbradley@wisconsinffafoundation.org
 
Contact the Foundation Staff
 
Executive Director - John Hromyak
608-831-5058 x3
 
Marketing Coordinator - Jen Bradley
608-831-5058 x2 
 
Operations Manager - Carolyn Rozell
608-831-5058 x2 

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