About Ashley Zimmerman
Hello Wisconsin FFA my name is Ashley Zimmerman from the Spencer FFA chapter and I am currently serving as one of your State Vice Presidents. I got my first official FFA experience through the junior high quiz bowl contest and being elected as the junior high treasurer. Since then I have gotten very involved in a variety of FFA opportunities. I have competed in numerous speaking contests including FFA Creed Speaking, Prepared Public Speaking, Job Interview, and Discussion Meet making it to the National level in Creed Speaking and Prepared Public Speaking. Another opportunity I took advantage of was my Supervised Agricultural Experiences and Proficiency Awards. I have four SAEs including Beef Production Entrepreneurship, Swine Production Entrepreneurship, Sheep Production Entrepreneurship, and Agricultural Education. The two SAE areas I really focused on were Beef Production and Agricultural Education. I have been raising Purebred and Percentage Simmental cattle with my family for twelve years. I have shown my cattle at the local, state, and national levels being successful at each level with my bred and owned heifers. Through my Agricultural Education SAE I created Agriscience Camp and created and updated Agricultural Literacy programs for our Agricultural Education department. Because of my SAE programs I was named the 2015 National FFA Agricultural Education proficiency winner, the 2015 Wisconsin FFA Star Farmer and runner-up for Wisconsin FFA Star in Agricultural Placement. I am currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in Agricultural Education with a minor in Animal Science. I hope to attend South Dakota State University or Kansas State University to obtain a master's degree in either Agricultural Education or Animal Science. My career goal is to become an Agricultural Education Instructor and FFA Advisor or work for a livestock based company. I hope to use all of my experiences from my time in FFA to help students take advantage of all the opportunities available to them and become successful with each of them.
What has been your favorite thing about this year so far?
One of my favorite things about my year as a state officer is being able to connect with so many members not only in Section 7 but from across the state! As an FFA member in high school I was able to meet a lot of members but as a state officer I have been able to connect with those members and their FFA chapters. It is so cool to see different FFA chapters and the different activities they do. I love also to see the love and passion for the FFA from so many members.
What are you looking forward to most in the coming months?
I am really looking forward to attending all of the chapter banquets! Banquets were always one of my favorite events while I was in high school. I am excited to see what the chapters and what each member has accomplished since I visited in the fall for chapter visits!
What do you plan to do after state office?
After being a state officer I plan to continue my education at UW-River Falls to become a high school Ag teacher. I also plan to stay very involved with clubs and organizations on campus. I would also love to work for National FFA as a facilitator for conferences like 212, 360 and WLC!
What advice would you like to leave for FFA members?
Don't be afraid to try something new! There are so many opportunities to get involved in and FFA members should take advantage of as many as possible! You may never know you like something like speaking or Agriscience Fair unless you try it!