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Brenna Bays - President
Adams-Friendship FFA Chapter
About Brenna Bays
It is an honor to be representing Wisconsin FFA for another year. My name is Brenna Bays and I am humbled to be serving as the 2016-2017 Wisconsin FFA President. I am a 2015 graduate from Adams-Friendship High School, where I was actively involved in FFA, 4-H, Dance Team, Band, NHS, and HERO (freshman mentoring program). I have grown up on my family's third generation dairy farm in Adams, WI and have loved every minute of it. I developed my Dairy Production Placement SAE at a young age by going outside to do chores with my grandparents and father. I now partake in all the milking, feeding, record keeping, and cow and calf care. We have a 45-Holstein Cow herd, but we are in the middle of a transition to a replacement heifer operation rather than a milking operation! Besides Dairy Production, I also developed a Diversified Livestock SAE by purchasing Market Hogs and Market Beef to show and sell at the Adams County Fair. Because of my experiences in FFA and Agriculture, I have decided to major in Agricultural Education at UW-Platteville. After college, my plans are to become an agricultural educator, continue helping out with the family farm, become an active FFA Alumni member, and volunteer to be a member of the Adams County Livestock Committee and the Adams County Fair Board. I am excited to see what small acts we will create this year to make a big impact on ourselves, our chapters, our communities, and our association. I am looking forward to getting to know each of you more throughout this year!
What has been your favorite thing about this year so far?
My favorite part about this year was being able to gain a new perspective of the Wisconsin Association of FFA. I greatly enjoyed working directly with FFA members, advisors, and chapters from Section 6, but I have loved being able to travel the entire state for events. Also, regarding conferences and events, I enjoyed being able to work closely with State FFA Staff, my teammates, and other Stakeholders to ensure the planning steps are complete.
What are you looking forward to most in the coming months?
I am most excited to watch members from across the state become recognized for the work that they have put in throughout the year at the 88th Wisconsin FFA Convention. Being able to read the results for a variety of areas and look at the names of FFA members who participated lights up my day.
What do you plan to do after state office?
After State Office, I will continue my education as a junior at the University of Wisconsin Platteville majoring in Agricultural Education. My long-term career goal is to become an Agricultural Educator in a school near my hometown. This upcoming summer, I have accepted an internship to work at Heartland Farms, Inc. in the Communications and Human Resources. Heartland Farms, Inc. is a fifth-generation Potato and Vegetable Farm in Hancock, Wisconsin. For more information about this amazing company, please check-out their website:
What advice would you like to leave for FFA members?
"Wherever you are, Be All There." I came across this Jim Elliot quote for the first time this year and it speaks volumes. Always Be Present. I wish I would have received this advice early on in my FFA career. I find myself thinking about everything that needs to be done on my To-Do list rather than focusing on what is going on around me. I have learned that when you take time to appreciate the little moments that you are in, you learn to appreciate your life a little bit more. Always remember, wherever you are, whether it be in class, at home, or at an FFA Conference, always "Be All There."