Wisconsin FFA Scholarship

The Wisconsin FFA Foundation scholarship application is available on the Wisconsin FFA website. This year almost $34,000 will be awarded! Thesescholarships are generously provided by companies and individual endowments to Wisconsin FFA members.

The application can be found on the Wisconsin FFA website under the “programs” tab. Please utilize Excel to complete the application as the application is NOT Google docs compatible. All applications are due to be postmarked by March 16, 2015 to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation office in Madison.

Applicants must be a senior in high school or enrolled in a university or technical school and have maintained a satisfactory scholastic record in school. FFA members need to only fill out one application to be considered for all scholarships for which the applicant qualifies. A listing of allscholarships and their criteria is also available on the Wisconsin FFA website.

Please encourage FFA members to start working on the application now and submit it by March 16th!

MAQA Training Dates

The Oconto County Fair Board has decided to add dairy, dairy goats, rabbits and poultry to the list of species needing to attend MAQA to be eligible to sell in the 2015 Sale of Champions, so MAQA is required for beef, dairy, dairy goat, meat goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep & swine exhibitors.

You can find the educational requirements here: Educational Requirement 2015

Livestock Exhibitors, All youth exhibiting market beef, poultry, sheep, swine, or meat goats at the fair must attend a MAQA (Meat Animal Quality Assurance) training every year. If you are not MAQA certified, you will not be eligible to sell in the Sale of Champions at the 2015 Oconto County Fair. The MAQA curriculum is set by the state and focuses on safe food production, proper animal care, and ideal management practices. The livestock raised by youth exhibitors are an important part of our agriculture industry, and we want to strive for high quality food production. Many counties in Wisconsin have adopted the Meat Animal Quality Assurance trainings as part of their fair requirements. The Oconto County Youth Livestock Committee recognized the importance in this training, and it is a requirement for livestock youth to be eligible to sell their animals in the Sale of Champions. The training focuses on different topics each year, and it counts as one of your educational points for County Fair. The MAQA trainings scheduled for this year: Saturday, January 3- Washington Middle School, Oconto Falls 8:00 – 9:30 am Tuesday, March 24- Pound Town Hall, Coleman 7:00 – 8:30 pm Saturday, April 25- Washington Middle School, Oconto Falls 2:30 – 4:00 pm Registration for these trainings is requested at least two weeks prior to the event date. You can register online at: http://goo.gl/PXQ45H or by calling (920) 834-6845. The Pulaski FFA Chapter is hosting one MAQA training: Tuesday, May 19- Pulaski High School Ag Room 7:00 to 9:00 pm Registration for this training is requested two weeks prior to the event date. You can register via email at kmsanty@pulaskischools.org. Exhibitors must attend the entire training to be certified. Please choose the date and location that works best for you! If you are unable to make any of these dates, you are allowed to attend MAQA in another county. Please visit the UW-Extension MAQA website http://fyi.uwex.edu/maqa/maqameetings/ for training in other counties, or contact the Oconto County UW-Extension office. Most counties will be holding their trainings in winter and spring, so please do not wait until the last minute! If you have any questions about MAQA, please contact Sarah or Paula at (920) 834-6845. If you know of any new 4-H, FFA, or Scouts members that might be showing livestock this year, please pass this information along to them.

Holiday Dinner

The Gillett FFA holiday dinner was a huge success! It was held on December 7, 2014 in the Gillett High School commons. The meal was free, but asked for a non-perishable food, hats or mittens for a donation. We got a total of 150 canned goods, hats, and mittens donated.  We served about 60 senior citizens in our community. The meal consisted of dinner rolls, ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and homemade desserts. After the meal was over we had door prizes given out.

-Written by Evan Rank, Gillett FFA Reporter

Tractor & Farm Safety Camp

The camp will be held at Camp TaPaWingo and will begin on Friday evening, November 14 and end on Sunday afternoon, November 16. Camp TaPaWingo is located at 915 West TaPaWingo Road, Mishicot, Wisconsin. Cost for the camp is $195 and includes lodging, meals, training materials, and 24 hours of instruction.

The camp will focus on the safety aspects of operating farm equipment and daily farm tasks. To complete the course, youth must attend all sessions and pass a written and a driving exam. Certificates will be issued by the Manitowoc County UW-Extension office following successful completion of course.

Brochure and Registration

FIRE Conference

Gillett FFA attended the Wisconsin FFA Foundations in Reaching Excellence (FIRE) Conference at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton on October 4, 2014. The purpose of the conference is to get 7th-9th grade FFA members more involved with the chapter. The Gillett FFA members that attended were (L-R) Hanna Brock, Alexis Giese, Kalea Britton, and Ashley Britton

Gillett FFA Adopts-a-Highway

On Saturday September 20, 2014 the Gillett FFA cleaned Highway 22. We cleaned to make the sides of the highway safer and cleaner for the environment. The members who helped (L-R) are Mark Vorpahl, Kalea Britton, Elizabeth Kahler, Hanna Brock, Ashley Britton, Jerika Heroux, and Jacob Timm. Also assisting were Vicky Britton, Dana Kahler, and FFA Advisor, Kellie Claflin.

Written by Evan Rank, Gillett FFA Reporter

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Gillett FFA Attends Sectional Leadership Workshop

Kalea Britton, Hanna Brock, Evan Rank, and Jacob Timm, of the Gillett FFA Chapter attended the Sectional Leadership Workshop Monday, September 22, 2014 at the Oconto Falls High School in Oconto Falls Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin FFA Sectional Leadership Workshop is designed to prepare local FFA chapter officers and members both in high school and middle school for leadership roles in their school district for the upcoming year.  It also informs each chapter of the new programs available to all FFA members and allows the officers to exchange ideas with other FFA chapters in their area.  The 2014-2015 State FFA Officer Team planned and conducted this workshop to encourage the participants to develop their leadership potential, to challenge them to set personal and chapter goals for the year and to motivate the students to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them through the FFA.  The 2014 theme was “3-2-1 ACTION!!!”.  Members left ready to promote FFA, agricultural education and agriculture in their schools and communities. FFA advisors also participated in a workshop that helped inform them about FFA opportunities for the school year.

“This workshop is a great way to prepare FFA members for their role as an active member in their local chapter as well as those that serve as chapter officers,” says Cheryl Zimmerman, Wisconsin FFA Executive Director.  “These sessions get students excited about leadership and all the opportunities that they can participate in through the FFA organization.  It helps them discover their potential in their local FFA chapters and how they can put their leadership into action.”

This year Steven Brockshus, National FFA Central Region Vice President from Sibley, Iowa conducted a workshop to get FFA members motivated for the coming year and challenged them to get involved in the many opportunities FFA has to offer.

There are ten Sectional Leadership Workshops held throughout Wisconsin.  Over 2,000 FFA members and advisors from 250 FFA chapters will participate in these workshops.  The workshops are sponsored through the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Leadership Partner Program.

The Wisconsin Association of FFA is comprised of over 250 local chapters with over 19,000 members.  FFA activities and award programs complement instruction in agriculture education by giving students practical experience in the application of agricultural skills and knowledge gained in classes.  FFA’s mission is to develop its members potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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Gillett FFA Alumni Donate Money to Cover Cost of FFA Jackets

The Gillett FFA Alumni helped pay for the cost of the new jackets for the Gillett FFA 2014-2015 officer team. The donation was greatly appreciated by the officers. They are also very appreciative of the support of the alumni of the entire FFA Chapter.

The 2014-2015 Gillett FFA Officer Team (back row) Jacob Timm, President; Evan Rank, Reporter; Thomas Nauke, Secretary. (Front Row) Morgan Lisowe, Treasurer; Hanna Brock, Vice President.

The 2014-2015 Gillett FFA Officer Team (back row) Jacob Timm, President; Evan Rank, Reporter; Thomas Nauke, Secretary. (Front Row) Morgan Lisowe, Treasurer; Hanna Brock, Vice President.