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Ashley Hagenow - Reporter
Rio FFA Chapter - Section 6
Supervised Agricultural Experience:
Equine Science Placement and Dairy Production Placement.
What was your favorite tradition or annual event from your FFA chapter?
My favorite annual event from my home FFA chapter was Food for America with the elementary school students. Every year in May, the high school FFA members travel across town to the elementary school and bring animals of all species, ranging from dairy calves to horses to ducks. We present a short presentation at each animal station, and the elementary students get the chance to interact with the animals and always leave wanting to have animals of their own! This event is so special because the FFA is not only working to promote agriculture, but we are also inspiring young students to join FFA in middle school and high school so that they can find their path and passion within agriculture.
What is one thing you are looking forward to doing as a state officer in the future year?
This year, I am so excited for the opportunity to meet and interact with FFA members across the state of Wisconsin as well as professionals and businesses within the agriculture industry. I have already had the privilege of meeting many new faces in the past few weeks of training, and I cannot wait for the rest of the year to meet so many incredible and talented FFA members across the state and nation! I am especially looking forward to meeting members at Sectional Leadership Workshops as well as at the FIRE, EDGE, 212/360, and Half-Time Leadership Conferences! This year as state officers, we also have the opportunity to travel on many business and industry tours during SLWs in each section, and I am looking forward to networking and connecting with professionals and businesses that represent the broad and innovative industry of agriculture. This year I am most excited to see members remember the traditions that have made FFA and the agricultural industry the great places that they are, take action to make sure the future of agriculture is bright, and leave their legacy on the FFA organization!
This year's state theme is "Our Tradition. Our Future. Our Legacy." What are some ways that everyone can contribute to the legacy of FFA and agriculture?
Recently, when attending the WAAE Conference as a state officer team, I had the privilege of talking with Mr. Don Josko as we were waiting for the elevators to pick us up. Mr. Josko was honored with the VIP Award given to significant contributors and mentors to the WAAE organization and its members, and it was a surreal experience when he was honored that evening with a standing ovation at the annual banquet. As we were standing by the elevators, Mr. Josko gave me one piece of advice that will stick with me not only in the upcoming year, but for the rest of my life: "You have the power and the responsibility to be dreammakers." I think this truly exemplifies what it means for FFA members to contribute to the legacy of FFA and agriculture. As FFA members and agriculturists, we all have the power to be dreammakers not only for ourselves, but for everyone around us. We can leave our legacy by helping others to find their passion and voice for agriculture and the FFA organization, and that will help us to be most successful along the way! My hope is for every member to discover their niche within FFA this year, whether it be through speaking contests, their Supervised Agricultural Experiences, or with the band and choir, so that they provide themselves with the opportunity to have a successful future and be the next generation of leaders in the agricultural industry.