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Welcome to Wisconsin Association of FFA

Established in 1929, the Wisconsin Association of FFA is an association of the National FFA Organization whose mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Wisconsin has 255 FFA chapters statewide and over 19,000 members.

The FFA operates on local, state and national levels. Student members belong to chapters organized at the local school district. In order for a school district to charter and maintain an FFA chapter, there must be a certified licensed agricultural educator hired by the school district who then also serves as the chapter advisor.

FFA members are part of a total program in agricultural education, consisting of classroom instruction in agriculture, supervised agricultural experiences where students gain career skills and on the job training and leadership development through the FFA organization.

Wisconsin FFA Center's Weekly Newsletter

WISCONSIN FFA UPDATE - News In Brief
A weekly update on Wisconsin FFA activities from the Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.

For the week of September 1, 2014

National FFA Award Results Announced!!!

1. Email Addresses Needed from New Instructors and Those Moving to New Schools
2. 2014 State FFA Safe Tractor Operators Contest Results
3. 2014 State FFA Soils Judging Contest Results
4. Wisconsin Association of FFA American Star Finalists
5. 2014 National Proficiency Award Finalists Announced From Wisconsin FFA
6. 2014 National Chapter Awards Announced
7. 2014 National Agriscience Fair National Finalists Announced
8. 2014 National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
9. 2014 Honorary American FFA Degree Recipients
10. Wisconsin National FFA Officer Candidate
11. Dates Set for 2014 Fall Sectional Leadership Workshops
12. 2014 F.I.R.E. Conference Dates Set
13. World Dairy Expo FFA Judging Registration Now Open
14. Wisconsin FFA Center Affiliation Fee
15. Quote of the Week
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Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
September 12 Due Date for Wisconsin FFA Center Affiliation Fee Payment
September 15 Sectional Leadership Workshops Begin - See Schedule Below
September 15 World Dairy Expo Judging Team Registration Due
September 26-28 World Beef Expo, West Allis
September 30 - Oct.4 World Dairy Expo, Madison
September 30 World Dairy Expo FFA Judging Day, Madison
October 4 FIRE Conference - FVTC-Appleton
October 11 FIRE Conference - UW-River Falls
October 18 FIRE Conference - UW-Madison
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Email Addresses Needed from New Instructors and Those Moving to New Schools
It is very important that you provide us with your new or updated email addresses so that we can establish an account for you through the Ag Career Network. If you haven't shared your new email address with us if you are a new teacher or a teacher moving to a new school, please do that as soon as possible so we can get you set up with the Ag Career Network.
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2014 State FFA Safe Tractor Operators Contest Results
The State Contest was held Tuesday, August 12 at Farm Technology Days in Portage County. Ryan Schmitt of the Juda FFA was the state winner. McKinly Jaeckel of the Jefferson FFA placed second and Sam Bartz of Plymouth FFA was third. In addition, the other sectional winners competing in the contest included:
Section 1: Ryan LaGesse, Bloomer FFA
Section 3: Seth Byom, Gale-Etrrick-Trempealeau FFA
Section 4: Maggie Walz, River Ridge FFA
Section 6: Josh Anderson, Wisconsin Dells FFA
Section 7: Nick Peleschak, Thorp FFA
Section 8: Dustin Ainsworth, Shawano FFA
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2014 State FFA Soils Judging Contest Results
The State Contest was held Tuesday, August 12 at Farm Technology Days in Portage County.
The top five senior teams advancing to the National Contest in Oklahoma include: 1) Pecatonica 2) Monticello 3) Shullsburg 4) Cuba City 5) Lancaster
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Wisconsin Association of FFA American Star Finalists
Congratulations!!!
American Star Farmer Finalist - Thomas Allen, Reedsburg FFA
American Star in Agribusiness Finalist - Thomas Larson, Viroqua FFA
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2014 National Proficiency Award Finalists Announced From Wisconsin FFA
National FFA Finalists include:
Matthew Ries ? Lomira FFA ? Ag Processing
Kelly Wilfert - Mishicot FFA ? Ag Sales Placement
Nicole Wright ? Watertown FFA ? Dairy Production Entrepreneurship
Andrew Helmer ? Plymouth FFA ? Dairy Production Placement
Aaron Retzlaff ? Randolph Cambria-Friesland ? Diversified Horticulture
Mike Sankey ? Amherst FFA ? Forage Production
Marc Hughes ? Badger FFA ? Fruit Production
Eric Coddington ? Montello FFA ? Grain Production Placement
Brittany Rambatt ? Big Foot FFA ? Home and/or Community Development
Zachary Olson ? Adams-Friendship FFA ? Landscape Management
Justin Runde ? Janesville Craig FFA ? Nursery Operations
Carissa Haffenbredl ? Marshfield FFA ? Sheep Production
Shylana Goplin ? Whitehall FFA ? Swine Production Placement
Jared Holwerda ? Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA ? Turf Grass Management
Jessica Wendt ? Stoughton FFA ? Vegetable Production
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2014 National Chapter Awards Announced
Three Star Chapters ? Adams-Friendship, Badger, Big Foot, Freedom, Granton, Lodi, Manawa, Stanley-Boyd, Stevens Point, Thorp, Waupaca, Waupun, Weyauwega-Fremont
Two Star Chapters ? Black Hawk, Cochrane-Fountain City, De Pere, Holmen, Mishicot, Monroe, Prairie Farm, Randolph Cambria-Friesland, Sauk Prairie, Shullsburg, Spencer, Stratford, Wisconsin Heights.
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2014 National Agriscience Fair National Finalists Announced
Animal Systems ? Division 1 ? Abby Field, Reedsburg FFA
Animal Systems ? Division 2 ? Emma Brost, Big Foot FFA
Animal Systems ? Division 3 ? Kendall Giese and Hayley Verveten, Wrightstown FFA

Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems ? Division 2 ? Shannon Carpenter, Big Foot FFA
Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems?Division 4-Carlie O?Donnell and Dakota Turk, Big Foot FFA

Food Products and Processing Systems ? Division 4 ? Katy Vacula and Miriam Smith, Big Foot FFA

Plant Systems ? Division 1 ? Mason Kollwitz, New Auburn FFA
Plant Systems ? Division 3 ? Mikayla Calkins and Azanie Hoege, New Auburn FFA

Power, Structural and Technical Systems ? Division 2 ? Jessica Retzke, Big Foot FFA

Social Systems ? Division 2 ? Sarah Vanasten ? Wrightstown FFA
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2014 National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Congratulations to the following individuals who have been selected for the 2014 National FFA band, chorus and talent.
Tasha Henck, Turtle Lake FFA ? Band
James Horst, Hartford FFA ? Band
Matthew Huber, Kewaunee FFA ? Band
Brandi Larson, Unity FFA ? Band
Yevheniy Mizin, Richand Center FFA - Band
Marissa Westphal, Laconia FFA ? Band


Ashley Baeten, Oconto Falls FFA ? Chorus
Amanda Clements, Bangor FFA ? Chorus
Jamie Eder, Bloomer FFA ? Chorus
Taylor Kohls, Abbotsford FFA ? Chorus
Madalyn Scott, Shullsburg FFA ? Chorus
Anna Stukenberg, Shullsburg FFA ? Chorus
Jessica Taylor, Poynette FFA ? Chorus
Andrew Twardokus, Dodgeland FFA ? Chorus
Dakota Watton, Neillsville FFA - Chorus


Jacob Beesecker, Lancaster FFA ? Talent
Jessie Jakel, Abbotsford FFA ? Talent
Josie Jakel, Abbotsford FFA ? Talent
Jacob Stukenberg, Shullsburg FFA - Talent
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2014 Honorary American FFA Degree Recipients
Congratulations to the following Wisconsin recipients
Monte Dunnum
Peter Engh
Rae Nell Halbur
Julie Larson
John Porior
Jeff Agnew
Keith Kolpack
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Wisconsin National FFA Officer Candidate
Reba McClone of the Bonduel FFA Chapter will be representing Wisconsin as the National FFA Officer Candidate.
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Dates Set for 2014 Fall Sectional Leadership Workshops
The state FFA officers and advisors confirmed the following dates for the 2014 Fall Sectional Leadership Workshops. Please mark these on your calendar and plan to attend!!!
Monday, September 15 - Section 1 - Amery
Tuesday, September 16 - Section 2 - Osseo-Fairchild
Wednesday, September 17 - Section 7 - Spencer
Thursday, September 18 - Section 3 - Tomah

Monday, September 22 - Section 8 - Oconto Falls
Tuesday, September 23 - Section 9 - Mishicot
Wednesday, September 24 - Section 10 - Lomira

Monday, September 29 - Section 4 - Platteville
Wednesday, October 1 - Section 5 - Wisconsin Heights
Thursday, October 2 - Section 6 - Sauk Prairie
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2014 F.I.R.E. Conference Dates Set
There will be three F.I.R.E. Conferences offered this Fall for Wisconsin FFA members in grades 7,8, and 9. The dates for these conferences are - October 4- FVTC-Appleton; October 11 - UW-River Falls; and October 18 - UW-Madison. Don't let your young members miss out on this great conference to get them excited about their organization and gain valuable leadership training. The state FFA officers have already started great plans for a fantastic workshop for these students. There will be workshops designed for both the Discovery members (7 and 8th graders) and the Greenhands (9th grade). This Conference is focused on beginning members to help them start with a strong foundation - Foundations in Reaching Excellence - F.I.R.E. More registration materials will be online soon.
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World Dairy Expo FFA Judging Registration Now Open
Registration for FFA events at the World Dairy Expo is now open. Registration is due September 15. For information and online registration go to http://www.uwplatt.edu/agriculture/world-dairy-expo-ffa-events
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Wisconsin FFA Center Affiliation Fee
Don't forget to pay your 2014-15 Wisconsin FFA Center Affiliation Fee. Invoices were distributed at the WAAE Professional Development Conference. If you did not attend the conference, the invoices were sent to you in the mail. Please contact the Wisconsin FFA Center immediately if you need a new invoice. Payment is due September 12, 2014.
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Quote of the Week
"Great leadership usually starts with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference." - Mac Anderson
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Welcome Back to School!!!

Cheryl L. Zimmerman
Wisconsin FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 110
Spencer, WI 54479
Phone: 715-659-4807
Fax: 715-659-5865
E-mail: wiffacenter@tznet.com


Annual Calendar of Events

2014-2015 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events