Meet Ethan Dado, Wisconsin's National FFA Officer Candidate
Home Chapter: Amery FFA
College: University of Minnesota
Majors: Agricultural Education and Animal Science
I live on my family’s 450-cow registered Holstein dairy farm where we also raise 1,300 acres of corn and alfalfa.
Running for national office is the experience of a lifetime. I would like to thank the Wisconsin FFA family for the support they have provided me and I am excited to be representing this great state at the 88th National FFA Convention.
I remember attending my first National FFA Convention as a senior in high school and watching the opening session of the 85th Convention and Expo. I was in awe as the bright lights lit up the stage, the music was blaring and the six National FFA Officers galloped onto the stage to begin the session. The moment was incredible and one I will never forget.
Through all the commotion the one thing that stuck out to me the most was the influence those six national officers had on the over 20,000 people in the room. They were speaking in front of so many but I felt like we were having a personal conversation and they were motivating me. This is when I knew I wanted to be a National FFA Officer one day to provide the influence they had on me to others.
On July 1 this year, after a long day of interviews, I took one step closer to that dream when I was selected as Wisconsin's National FFA Officer Candidate. As I began my four-hour trip home to Amery I had time to reflect and was instantly humbled when I thought about the help and dedication I had received from those around me. I thought about the sponsors that supported me at the local, state and national level. The support they provide gives members, like myself, so many great opportunities to grow our leadership skills. I know that without them I would never have the confidence or leadership skills needed to even consider running for this position.
I thought about my agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor, and how he helped me discover my place in FFA. I thought about my chapter members and chapter officer teammates that taught me to work hard and dream big. I thought about my state officer teammates that encouraged me to never settle and always strive for more. I thought about my family and how they helped me discover my love for agriculture and the immense support they provided every step of the way. I am blessed to have the encouragement and help of so many individuals that have shaped my FFA career into what it has become.