October 2016
2016 SAE Grant Program is now accepting applications
Applications are now being accepted for the Wisconsin FFA Foundation’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Grant Program. The application can be found at www.wisconsinffa.org and must be postmarked by November 15, 2016, and mailed to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation office.  
The Foundation’s SAE Grants are available to Wisconsin FFA members in five categories this year: aquaculture, dairy, livestock, organic agriculture and start-up. Livestock is a new category, thanks to support from Foundation donors. Applicants must be a current FFA member in grades 7 through 11 during the current, 2016-17 school year. Through this grant option, Wisconsin FFA members can receive financial support for their designated SAE project, just one part of the triad of the state’s agricultural education program. The FFA’s SAE program is known for its hands-on learning for students, through mentorship of industry leaders.
“It’s no secret that learning takes place in and out of the classroom,” says Sara Schoenborn, Wisconsin FFA Foundation executive director. “We are honored to work with donors that support and understand the importance of agricultural education in the field. Students with SAE projects are fortunate to have this opportunity available to them, and we also are excited to see what innovative projects Wisconsin FFA is working on this year!”
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Wisconsin FFA readies for National FFA Convention!  
It’s a sure sign October has arrived when excited chatter begins about the approaching National FFA Convention and Expo. This year, the 89th annual event will be held for four days, Oct. 19-22, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Wisconsin FFA members, advisors and parents are looking forward to this possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“National FFA Convention is a time when Wisconsin FFA members bring their best,” says Jeff Hicken, State FFA Advisor and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education Consultant. “I love to see them celebrate their monumental achievements on the national stage, but also share in the excitement of everyone in attendance. These are the types of moments our Wisconsin FFA Foundation partners need to hear and cheer about, because they demonstrate the real-life impact of their generosity.”
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  Organic Valley/       CROPP            
Message from Robin Connelly, Wisconsin FFA Foundation Board Secretary and Membership Services Supervisor at Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative. 
Driving through the countryside this morning, I noticed a change with the cool crisp air. The foliage is taking on blazing colors. Our landscape is dotted with hay, soybean and corn fields changing from shades of green to browns.
Unlike the changing seasons, Organic Valley remains a constant supporter of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. Our sponsorship to the Foundation will help support the FFA mission for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Organic Valley has created the first ever Organic Resource Guide (ORG). This guide provides the necessary tools for ag teachers who are interested in incorporating organic, sustainably farming practices into their curricula.
With the hands-on projects and lesson plans outlined in the ORG, students have the opportunity to further their skills and knowledge to develop their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) on an organic project, such as dairy, beef, swine or poultry. Our goal with the ORG is to help educate students about organic farming, the environment, leadership, cooperation and a healthier lifestyle. We provide ag teachers a one-on-one opportunity to discuss the ORG at the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators (WAAE) conference.
Organic Valley is a proud Two Star - Star Mission Partner of the Foundation. We attend the Wisconsin FFA Convention and host an interactive booth for FFA members to learn more about organic practices. Also during State Convention, we provide an Organic 101 Workshop to the FFA members. Organic Valley is pleased to present an Organic Proficiency award to an outstanding FFA member who has successfully completed their organic SAE project.
I feel very fortunate to work for Organic Valley and have the opportunity to give back to the FFA. I have had the privilege to judge the Creed Speaking contest at the Wisconsin State Convention and Vegetable Production contest at the National Convention.  With the support and encouragement from Organic Valley, I believe we are on the right path for supporting our next generation of agriculture leaders, and we are proud to invest in their future.
By staying true to our mission of providing FFA members with the resources and opportunities to make strong and healthy choices, I believe the future of organic agriculture is looking bright and very encouraging.
If you are interested in learning more about the Wisconsin FFA Foundation, please join us at the Wisconsin FFA State Convention and see these young women and men in their blue corduroy jackets. They radiate a positive energy and zest to become the best possible leaders they can be.
Dear Friend of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation,
It's harvest time! Do you love it as much as I do? Even if you don't farm or grow a garden, I think there's something special about the cooler breeze through the windows, Friday night lights at the local high school, and hearing combines and choppers working as I drive by them. 
This fall has been very special to me, as I have taken on a new hobby: canning. I've enjoyed learning to pickle and preserve my own harvest of sorts from those much wiser and full of experience.  
Our printed Fall Newsletter will be arriving in the mail this season too. As we work on it, it's been inspiring to read what harvest means to our current and past board members as they reflect on the bounty FFA has brought to them and others. I'm excited to sha
re their thoughts with you.
What has FFA harvested in your life? 
If you'd like to share, just send me a message at sschoenborn@wisconsinffafoundation.org. I'd love to read it. 

Happy Harvest! 
Sara Schoenborn
Executive Director, Wisconsin FFA Foundation
Fall fun! Calumet County corn maze honors ag education 
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Polly's Pumpkin Patch just north of Chilton in Calumet County has both the FFA and 4-H emblems cut into it this year. We think this is pretty neat!
To learn more or plan your visit, go to this link.
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Caleb Green
Section 2 
State FFA Vice President
Home Chapter: Stanley-Boyd
College: UW-River Falls
Major: Agricultural Education and Math Education
Supervised Agricultural Experience: Food Service 
Hello Wisconsin FFA Supporters and Partners!
It is an amazing privilege to be representing Wisconsin FFA. My name is Caleb Green and I am serving as one of the 2016-2017 Wisconsin FFA Vice Presidents from Section 2. I am a 2016 graduate from Stanley-Boyd High School, where I was actively involved in FFA, football, basketball, track and field, Math Team, Science Olympiad, and FMP (Freshman Mentor Program). I grew up in the town of Stanley, but found my love for agriculture through various agricultural education classes.
I developed my FFA Food Service Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) through my work at McDonald's. I started working at the restaurant my freshman year of high school and have worked there ever since. Through this experience, I have had the opportunity to develop a new respect for all types of agricultural work, in all areas.
Due to my positive experiences in FFA and agriculture - as well as mathematics - I have decided to double major in agricultural education and mathematical education at UW-River Falls. After college, my plans are to teach at a small school and coach high school track and field, as well as become an active FFA Alumni member.
My love for agriculture and for the outstanding members will help me truly model the FFA mission statement by encouraging students to develop their potential for "Premier Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success" through agricultural education.
I look forward to meeting and collaborating with many of you throughout this year. I am very excited to see the small acts that each of us make that result in a big impact for Wisconsin FFA. Many thanks to each of you for the dedication and time that you give the Wisconsin FFA Foundation to grow a successful future for each and every amazing Wisconsin FFA member.
Signing Out,
Caleb Green

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