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Career Development Events
Mar. 28, 2018

Kathryn Lampi - Parliamentarian
Owen-Withee FFA Chapter
Section 7

The past week the State Officer Team and I have been traveling to Career Development Events. While attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Agriculture and Technology Contest, I was over joyed to see so many FFA members working together, studying and genuinely have a wonderful time with each other.

Those exciting competitions and events that FFA members have competed in this past week while being a fun had a few hidden benefits to them. Career Development Events or CDE’s may have helped launch us into a career path that we are interested in. Through CDE’s they help us to gain real word experience in the agricultural industry and in the specific areas that are interest for our exact career area. Even if the CDE area that we competed in didn’t pertain specifically to our career path, but we still learn treasured skills that will be invaluable to us now and into the future. Time management is a huge skill learned, from setting up study sessions with the team to organizing the travel to the competition. Maybe the biggest thing is gained happens the day of and that’s camaraderie through competition. We gather to compete; most times getting split up from the rest of your teammates, but along the way we make friends and life long bonds with those that used to be strangers.

-Kathryn Lampi
Section 7 State Officer

Tell your story
Mar. 22, 2018

Sam Jesse - Sentinel
Lodi FFA Chapter
Section 6

This is past week, I had the opportunity to spend my National Ag Day in Washington D.C along with one-hundred other young agricultural advocates from all around the country. Our first day in D.C, focused on how we could have effective visits with national legislators, while our second day was spent on the hill. On the hill, we had the opportunity to meet with congress men and women and even got to hear from and speak with vice-president Mike Pence and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
Through all these encounters, one thing was very apparent. Regardless of political affiliation or home state, everybody was eager to hear our stories. To hear how agriculture has impacted us. Whether you grew up on a thousand cow dairy or in the middle of town, we all have connections to agriculture and stories to share.
How are you sharing your story? If stories of agriculture can resonate with the busy people in washington, imagine what it can do in your school in community. Post on social media with the hashtags, #agday365 and be sure to talk about how agriculture has impacted you.

Enter the Growth Zone
Mar. 20, 2018

Liz Grady - Secretary
Oregon FFA Chapter
Section 5

“There is no comfort in the growth zone and no growth in the comfort zone” is one of my all-time favorite quotes because it reminds me that I need to step out of my comfort zone in order to grow and that by remaining in my comfort zone I am missing out on the opportunity of growth.

In the world of FFA, there are many ways to step out of your comfort zone; whether that be serving as a chapter officer, competing in a Career or Leadership Development Event or traveling with your chapter to the State or National FFA Convention. There are so many ways within our organization to work toward personal growth, just take that step outside of your comfort zone. I promise it will be worth it. It’s time to enter the growth zone!

With a belief in you,


Is State Officer in your future?
Mar. 17, 2018

Morgan Fitzsimmons - Vice President
Mineral Point FFA Chapter
Section 4

Is running and the goal of becoming a State FFA Officer in your future? This may be the blog for you! Whether you are thinking of running right out of high school, or a few years into college, running for state office can be a big decision. I remember being there last year, while planning for graduation and college. I hope these tips and tricks I learned will help you feel more confident with your final decision.

1. Talk with your parents, FFA advisors, and mentors. It is ultimately your decision to run or not run for state officer, but it is great to talk with folks like your parents, FFA advisor, and mentors. These are the people who know you the best and can help you talking through your thoughts. As I was preparing to run, I had a lot of conversations with my people about how I could prepare, how this would benefit me, and why I wanted to give back to the FFA. Just like they helped me, they can help you too!
2. Go to SOCK! What is SOCK? Well SOCK is a day where State Officer Candidates gather to go through a mock process of running for State FFA Office. You go through each interview round like you would at State Convention. After each interview, you receive feedback about what you exceled in, and areas that you could work on. You may even learn new terminology to help you at State Convention. Along with mock interviews, there is also a time that state officers are available to answer questions. We were in the candidates spot last year and can help you understand the process and the program. You will also make some great connections, and even friends! Both the Madison and Amery SOCK are April 7th.
3. Practice! My FFA advisor helped me to practice interviews and prepare answers to questions that judges might have. It is important to seem natural, but also to have answers and examples to use. At state convention if you make the final two and move into the delegate round it is important to be prepared. One thing I did to prepare for the delegate round is make flashcards for every potential topic that I may have to speak on. I also traveled to a local neighboring school and did a mock delegate round.
4. Submit your application by April 30th. The applications are due by April 30th to the Wisconsin FFA Center. It is awesome to have several individuals read your application and help proof it. The application questions also can help you form other answers to questions in the interview and delegate process.
5. Learn and enjoy! It is important to be open to learning more from this process. This will be one of the most rewarding things you do in your FFA career. You can meet new people and create lifelong friendships!
If you are looking for more information about becoming a State FFA Officer, click on the “About Us” tab and scroll down to “Become a State Officer” on As always you can reach out to myself, or any state officer with questions about the process and program. I wish you the best of luck in your preparation!

Best wishes,

Serving Each Other
Mar. 15, 2018

Ciara Koboski - Vice President
Black River Falls FFA Chapter
Section 3

This last Tuesday the Section 3 Leadership Development Event was held in my hometown. When I think of FFA I think of Service, Community and people coming together for one cause. When we were searching for hands to help I didn’t know if we were going to find enough. When the night came around and all the people I saw in my community that came to help I felt like we got each other’s back. The night was a success thanks to all the helping hands and contestants that came to Black River Falls.

Service comes in many different forms from coming together as a community to opening the door for a person you just met. In just a few weeks the month of April is Community Service month. I want to challenge each one of you to do something out of the ordinary for you. It could be holding the door for someone, carry the groceries or just being there for someone in need. Community is like one big family and we each need to be there to catch each other when we fall.

Thank you for all who continue to serve each day to come. Each one of us has a heart whelming story of how we served others or how others served us. Share these stories each day and in the month of April. We would love to hear these stories and share your story of service with others.

Your Section 3 State Officer,

Ciara Koboski

What We Give
Mar. 10, 2018

Brooke Brantner - Vice President
Menomonie FFA Chapter
Section 2

“We make a life by what we give.”
– Winston Churchill

Over the past week we had the opportunity to see how community support can be brought together through a connection in agriculture. Section 2 was a proud host of the 55th annual Eau Claire Farm Show, where vendors across the state came together to showcase their involvement in the agriculture industry.

FFAs involvement in this event included a silent auction with proceeds going toward the FFA Foundation. Each exhibitor at the Farm Show graciously donated an item to be sold in the silent auction, these items included cook books, baseball tickets, welding booths, calf care supplies, and everything in-between! However, an item that stands out among the rest was a glass piggy bank with an FFA emblem engraved on the side. When we think about it the reason for a piggy bank is to save funds for a goal, whether it’s a new car, cow, or college, a piggy bank is what allows us to be purposeful in our actions with how we spend our money day in and day out in order to reach that goal. When we think about FFA many goals come to mind: achieving that higher degree, completing that proficiency award, competing in a judging contest, or running for office. It is the way we work toward that goal each and every day that allows us to fulfill it, much like that piggy bank.

While visiting with community members during the farm show a business representative came up to me and asked me about my role in the FFA Organization, more specifically “How did you get to where you are now?” To be completely honest I had to stop and really think about this question because so many reasons came to mind. I thought about the goals I had set at a young age, the activities I participated in to build confidence, the challenges I had faced, but the one thing that stood out above all the rest are those that have invested their time, talents, and support in order for me to get to that moment, to answer that question. I thought back to the countless afterschool hours spent with my advisor, the constant support from my parents both in and out of the show ring, the endless hours my dairy judging coaches donated in order for me to build confidence, the dedication from my piano teacher who spent over 13 years helping me perfect an art, and with all of those examples flooding my memory, I simply answered: “It is because of the people who have selflessly invested in me and given me a chance to live a life I love.”

That same business representative then placed a bid on the glass piggy bank and stated that he wanted to invest in the lives of members in the FFA no matter how much it costed him that day. The bids slowly rose throughout the day and the item sold for a total of $600.00 to the representative from Alforex Seeds.
Thank you to all of those who donated, bid, and purchased items off of the silent auction!
Your support is what allows each and every member in the FFA a chance to fulfill their goals within this organization and recognize the people in their lives that have selflessly given them the chance to live their why!

Truly Yours,
Brooke Brantner

Never Too Old
Mar. 04, 2018

Meikah Dado - Reporter
Amery FFA Chapter
Section 1

This past week, four alumni chapters from section one held an Alumni Auction and Benefit. Numerous items were sold at this auction with all proceeds going towards these four alumni chapters. One of the items sold was handmade by my parents retired agricultural educator, Mr. Gary Ganje. As the bids were going up, I saw my mom’s bidding card go up and I knew she was in it to win it. The day after the auction, Mr. Ganje comes with a trailer to our house with my mom’s winning item. As my dad and Mr. Ganje unload it, I am filled with excitement, knowing I am about to start a new SAE. You may be thinking, “A new SAE? Meikah, aren’t you a little old to just be starting a new SAE?” Although I am a sophomore in college, with my years as an active FFA member coming to an end, I realized I am never too old to start a new SAE because SAE’s do not have to be defined with the years of FFA, they are defined by determination and willingness to accept opportunities. This new opportunity had just arrived to my house, I was ready to start my new SAE with a handmade greenhouse.

This SAE is something I’ve never done before, something that will force me to learn, grow, and gain new skills in a different part of agriculture. From raising dairy cattle to raising vegetables, this new challenge is something I am ready to embrace. Whether it be a new sport, new FFA contest, or even a new class open yourself up to new prospects. When we challenge ourselves to try something new, it allows our skill set to grow. We are never too old to learn something new and apply the new skills in our everyday life. How are you going to challenge yourself to accept new opportunities?

Agriculturally Yours,
Meikah Dado

Dr. Seuss & FFA
Mar. 02, 2018

Ciera Ballmer - President
Clinton FFA Chapter

Today is Dr. Seuss’s Birthday! Dr. Seuss was an incredible children’s book author, but honestly, I think of him as so much more! I am truly amazed by Dr. Seuss’s writing ability – but more than that, his ability to inspire others!

Dr. Seuss has left an amazing, positive legacy through his books, but also through his inspirational quotes that are within his writing. Personally, I live by and get a lot of motivation by quotes – and if you know me, this makes a lot of sense as I love pinning quotes on Pinterest, doing quote walks for workshop activities, posting quotes on sticky notes in my room, and even writing an inspirational quote in my planner for each week. Out of all that love for quotes – Dr. Seuss has many of my favorites.

I personally have a few “go-to” inspirational words from Dr. Seuss. I love these ones in particular because they truly are motivational, very relatable, and they can even apply to our experiences within the FFA!

1) “Why fit in when you’re born to stand out?” I absolutely LOVE this quote! And it holds a special place in my heart as my first speech as a State FFA Officer was actually based off of this quote. Here, Dr. Seuss reminds us to be ourselves and to embrace uniqueness. We can embrace our own personalities and interests – but also, we can embrace our opportunity to have an individualized FFA experience by taking advantage of unique opportunities in FFA that interest us.

2) “Oh, the places you’ll go.” This one doesn’t stop with this phrase, but continues throughout this great book! Whenever I think of “Oh, the places you’ll go,” my mind is brought back to my first week as a State FFA Officer at our BLAST OFF Conference. Every year, it is a tradition to read this book as a team to help motivate us, and to help us look forward to all the great experiences we have ahead of us! FFA truly has taken me so many great places: Through FFA, I’ve traveled throughout the state of Wisconsin and across the country creating so many priceless memories! This quote instantly reminds me of all the great places I have gone, people I have met, and memories I have made through FFA!

3) “Don’t cry because it’s over, Smile because it happened.” In FFA, and in all areas of our life, there comes a time that a chapter may end in our story, that we have to turn the page and begin the next one. When that time comes, we can look and read back through that story and smile! There will come a time that we will have to take off our Blue Jackets for the final time. For me, when that time comes in a few months, I know I can smile and be thankful for all the amazing opportunities I have had through the FFA.

Man, Dr. Seuss really was quite a guy, and quite a writer, a leader, and an inspiration! Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Forever Blue. Forever True,

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