January 2016
2015 Wisconsin FFA and Wisconsin FFA Foundation Annual Report released
 
 
It's been printed and mailed - the 2015 Wisconsin FFA and Wisconsin FFA Foundation Annual Report! Go to this link or click on the image above to see the online version, and read about the past year's accomplishments as well as how our state's FFA members are making a difference through community service. Thank you donors for another wonderful season of giving! We couldn't do it without you.  
 
Call for convention judges
 
State FFA Convention planning is already underway, and it's time to submit names of those who would like to be considered for convention contest judges.
 
The 87th Wisconsin FFA Convention will be held June 13-16, 2016 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
 
If you would like your name to be included or nominate someone else to be a judge, please contact the Wisconsin FFA Foundation office at info@wisconsinffafoundation.org, or by phone at (608) 831-5058.
 
The deadline for submissions is Feb. 14, 2016. 
Celebrate National FFA Week -
February 20 - 27, 2016
 
 
Wisconsin will be welcoming National FFA President Taylor McNeel as well as one or two National FFA staff members to the Dairy State in February. 
 
National FFA Week kicks off on Feb. 20 this year, and chapters around the state will be hosting special activities throughout the week.
 
For our national guests, chapter activities, media events and meetings with agricultural leaders are some of the highlights they will experience while in Wisconsin. 
 
The first National FFA week was held in 1948 and is specifically designated to fall each year during the week of George Washington's birthday, in honor of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.
 
Watch the Wisconsin Association of FFA website or check with your local chapter about details on events during this week of FFA celebration! 
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Al Herrman 
 
 
 
 
Agricultural education, and FFA
in particular, changed my life.
 
Born and raised on a dairy farm near Sparta, WI, and being active in 4-H and FFA, provided the foundations for me to understand the importance and benefits of cooperation, leadership development, communication, planning, record keeping, understanding the impacts of financial decisions and so much more. These are just a few of the great outcomes that agricultural education and FFA provide to those who take full advantage of these opportunities.
 
The “Blue Jacket” (which I still have), the Greenhand Degree, serving as State President of Wisconsin Junior Dairyman’s Association, serving on the Sponsor’s Board, receiving the American Farmer Degree and the Honorary American FFA Degree were some of the greatest experiences in my life. However, those all pale in comparison to the real benefits of the program.
 
Over the past 60 years the personal growth and success that I have witnessed in so many individuals that have been involved in FFA and agricultural education, and the impact they have had on their local communities, is what makes it so easy to support this outstanding program. When I see passion and joy on the faces of the FFA members, their advisors, and supporters, it makes any time spent supporting agricultural education and FFA so rewarding.
 
The future challenges facing our state, nation and the world will be best solved by those who are well prepared and ready to lead. I know of no other program that can touch so many worthy students and create that unique individual with skill sets necessary to accept these challenges. Multiply that by the number of FFA members and I firmly believe that our future is in great hands.
Dear Friend of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation,
 
I can't believe Christmas and New Year's are now in our rear view, or if you are a glass half-full type of person, only 11 months away! 
 
I consider myself to be the latter, and am really looking forward to what 2016 will bring for Wisconsin FFA and the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. 
 
We're busy here making plans for National FFA Week, State FFA Convention and already the summer golf outings, our biggest fundraiser of the year. Scholarship applications are filtering in and it's fun to see the names of excited college-bound students, ready to leave their mark in the agricultural world. We all will need these leaders and our mission today is to help them be great tomorrow. 
 
Thank you for all you do to partner with us in that goal! 
 
Sara Schoenborn
Executive Director, Wisconsin FFA Foundation
Deadline approaching for
2016 Golf Outing Sponsorships
 
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We are excited for another successful fundraising event, our biggest of the year. In 2015, sponsors and golfers generously gave more than $26,500 to the Foundation! 
 
Now, we are looking for sponsorship support. The deadline to be included in the event brochure as a sponsor is February 28, 2016. 
 
To learn more about sponsorship levels and opportunities, visit this page or donate online here
Apply now for 2016 Scholarships
 
                                                                                    
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2016 post-secondary scholarships.
 
The application is available on the Wisconsin FFA website under the “programs” tab (www.wisconsinffa.org). All applications are due to be postmarked by March 16, 2016, to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation office.
 
Applicants must be a senior in high school, or enrolled in a university or technical school and have maintained a satisfactory scholastic record in school. FFA members need to only fill out one application to be considered for all scholarships for which the applicant qualifies. A listing of additional criteria for all scholarships is available on the Wisconsin FFA website. For more information, click here
 
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Jason Roth, Section 5
Wisconsin FFA Vice President
 
 
Home Chapter: Juda
College: UW-Platteville
Major: Agricultural Education
SAE: Agricultural Education and Vegetable Production
Favorite FFA Activity: Career Development Events
 
 
My FFA story is one I love to share! When I was in 7th grade, I had no idea what FFA was and I also had little knowledge of  agriculture. My FFA advisor asked me to join Quiz Bowl. During the Quiz Bowl contest, teams of three to five FFA members learn as much as they can about FFA and agricultural education, and then compete against other teams.
 
After I learned more about the many opportunities FFA offered, I saw how impactful this organization truly is and I wanted to be a part of it. Throughout my time in FFA, I participated in as many contests, conferences, and other activities as I possibly could, and I get to continue to serve and give back today as a State FFA Officer.
 
During April last year, one of my dreams came true. My Milk Quality and Products Career Development Event (CDE) team placed first at the state contest. Our team worked hard for four years to qualify for the national contest, and we finally accomplished that goal. 
 
Not only did we need sponsors to support this event at the state level, but we also needed financial support for travel, lodging, and food expenses at the national contest during National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Because of the support through the Wisconsin FFA Foundation, we were able to participate in this successful event and our team placed silver!
 
I have grown as an individual and a leader in so many ways because of FFA. Without the continued support of sponsors and donors through the Foundation, the FFA wouldn’t be able to provide so many opportunities to over 19,400 members across the state of Wisconsin.  Thank you for all that you have done!  Our members truly develop premier leadership, personal growth, and career success because of your support!

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