2015-16 State FFA President
Home Chapter: Sauk Prairie FFA
College: UW-River Falls
Major: Agricultural Education
SAE: Swine Production Entrepreneurship
Favorite FFA Activity: Speaking Contests
When I was first starting my Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), I decided I wanted to raise pigs, but like many FFA members, I didn't have the financial means to start a pig project from scratch. That's where the Wisconsin FFA Foundation came in. After receiving a start-up grant, I was able to purchase pigs to launch my project.
These grants allow students to broaden their horizons by starting and maintaining projects they may not be able to do otherwise, and allow them to further their learning within the agriculture industry. I have seen countless students develop and grow phenomenal SAE projects thanks to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation.
In addition to SAE grants, the Wisconsin FFA Foundation assists students in furthering their educations beyond high school through scholarships. Personally, these two opportunities to receive financial support have allowed me to start my own business, learn the ins and outs of raising pigs, and also further my education at UW-River Falls.
Thanks to these programs and donors of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation, FFA students all over Wisconsin are able to experience significant growth in knowledge of the agriculture industry both in and out of the classroom.