Beth Zimmer, Section 4
Wisconsin FFA Vice President
Home Chapter: River Ridge
College: UW-River Falls
Major: Agricultural Studies (Crop/Soil) and Communications
Surprising. Eye-opening. Memorable. A learning experience. These are just a few of the many words that have described my year of service as a State FFA Officer this year!
Looking back, I am so grateful for the many opportunities I was able to partake in as an FFA member growing up. I tried a variety of Career Development Events (CDEs) like Meats Evaluation and Technology and Agronomy, but it wasn’t until I started competing in the speaking contests that I knew I had really found my place in this organization.
Prepared Public Speaking was my favorite followed by Discussion Meet coming in a close second. I loved being able to dig deeper into agricultural issues and global agriculture through the FFA speaking contests!
I have learned that the ability to communicate is one of the best skills a person can have and truly a valuable trait for all students to gain. I could never have had the chance to turn my fear of public speaking to an enjoyable experience if it weren’t for the generous support of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation!
Most people don’t realize this at first, but the programs that this organization can provide make positive, lasting impressions on all members.The Foundation has played an instrumental role in ensuring members are able to achieve premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
I am thankful for the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for agriculture and give back to the organization that has given so much to me!