Gaining Skills Through CDEs

A good article about the skills gained from judging cattle, something FFA members do through competing in Career Development Events (CDEs). Through participation in CDEs, FFA members are working on skills that will serve them well in the future like public speaking, evaluation skills and confidence to defend their position.


Summer Dairy Workshop – July 28

TO:  Dairy Project Members
FROM:  Oconto County Dairy Committee

Mark your calendars…

Summer Dairy Workshop – Saturday, July 28, 2012

  • 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
  • Blaser Dairy Farm
  • 9267 State Highway 22, Gillett, WI  54124

We will be talking about dairy cattle nutrition, fitting, and showmanship.  Please bring $2 for lunch and clippers/fitting equipment if you have any.  Due to road construction, the best way to get to Blaser’s Farm is to take Highway K (from the north or south) and then go west on Highway 22.

This counts as one educational point… Hope to see you there!

Racing to the Fair

Gillett FFA is going to be racing to the Oconto County Fair, August 23 – 26, 2012.

Ms. Claflin has the fair entry tags, contact her at or 920-855-2137 to pick them up OR come to a fair work night.

We will be meeting in the ag room the following nights at 5pm to work on fair decorations. Come join us!

  • Tuesday, August 7
  • Monday, August 13
  • Monday, August 20

Officer Retreat

Officer Retreat

The Gillett FFA Officer Team just returned from their officer retreat where they did a fantastic job of setting goals and planning out activities for the year. They can’t wait to get everyone excited about “snapping memories” and getting involved with FFA events!

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Claflin Attends Professional Development Conference

Kellie Claflin, agriculture teacher at Gillett Secondary School, attended the 95th annual Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators (WAAE) Professional Development Conference, June 25-28, 2012 in Green Bay. The theme of the conference was “Agricultural Education – Our Privilege, Our Passion, Our Purpose, Our Responsibility.”

The conference brings over 275 agricultural educators from both the secondary and post-secondary levels together to network with colleagues, individuals from business and industry and gain tools to assist them in strengthening local agriculture programs.

“Secondary and post-secondary agricultural education programs are vital components to development of a quality workforce for the industry that will provide food, fiber and fuel for the world”, said David Kruse, WAAE President.  “Our conference is a great opportunity for the members to network with other teachers as well as business and industry to get ideas to bring back to their programs.”

Claflin was recognized at the conference for completing her first year of teaching.

Claflin attended workshops on a statewide leadership certificate, vegetable production, turfgrass management at Lambeau Field and updating forestry curriculum. She served on the statewide public relations committee and was nominated by Section 8 for the Teachers Turn the Key scholarship.

WAAE is the professional association for agricultural educators in Wisconsin.  Members include 295 middle school, high school, technical college and university educators. The focus of the association is to provide professional development, legislative support, and educational resources for teachers to enhance their local agriculture education programs.

For more information about your local agriculture education program and to find out how you can support agriculture in your community please contact your local agriculture education instructor or call WAAE at 262-224-7553.

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Brock Competes in Safe Tractor Operator Contest

Raymond Brock represented the Gillett FFA in Section 8 FFA Safe Tractor Operator Contest held Wednesday, June 20 at Bowler High School.

FFA members from around the state can compete in their local and sectional Safe Tractor Operator Contests  and must be named one of the 10 sectional winners in order to advance to the State FFA Contest. A contestant  must be at least 14 years of age and have successfully completed the tractor certification course or be 16 years  of age and have completed at least one year of agricultural education.

The Safe Tractor Operator Contest involves four major parts – Written Exam, Practical Exam, Two Wheel Driving Event and Four-Wheel Driving Event. In addition, contestants are also scored on safety anytime they  are operating the tractor during the contest.

The contestants take a 50 question Written Exam. Questions are asked about anything from tractor safety to maintenance.

The Practical Examination consists of the inspection of a tractor for maintenance and safety items. The basis for selecting these items will be a routine daily check-up. Some of the unsafe items that contestants could look for would be the SMV emblem missing, lights not operational, crankcase fluid low, etc.

The Two-Wheel and Four-Wheel Events involve driving courses each with a 5 minute time limit and demonstrating safety and skillful driving.

The purpose of the contest is to promote and encourage safe and skillful farm tractor operation, in addition to  providing members an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of tractor maintenance and safety.  The State Safe Tractor Operator Contest is sponsored by Rural Mutual Insurance Company through the Wisconsin FFA Foundation, Inc.

FFA Members Unlock the Legacy at 83rd Wisconsin FFA Convention

Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Association of FFA celebrated 83 years of premier leadership, personal growth and career success at the Wisconsin FFA Convention in Madison June 11 to 14. The convention attracted over 3,000 members, advisors, parents, alumni and sponsors to celebrate their year’s success and support for students involved in agricultural education.

Gillett FFA members Raymond Brock, Tonie Gilbertson, Mark Herzog, Abbey Horsens, Sammi Patzer, Kallie Rank, Rachel Ransom and Skhyler Simpson attended the convention.

Gillett FFA members were active in the following activities at the convention:

  • Patzer was recognized for receiving second place in the Equine Production-Placement proficiency award category.
  • Rank and Simpson served in the state convention newsroom.
  • Brock, Gilbertson, Horsens, Rank, Ransom, and Simpson competed in the high school opening/closing ceremonies contest.
  • Rank participated in the state FFA talent competition and ran to be a national delegate.

Members also heard inspirational messages from keynote speakers including: Alicia Hodnik, National FFA Vice President; Landan Schaffert, Past National FFA Officer; Rick Rigsby, Motivational Speaker; and Ethan Giebel, State FFA President. They attended leadership workshops and attended the career show.

This year’s National FFA theme is “I Believe” and Wisconsin students have taken “I Believe” to a new level showing their belief in the future of agriculture, agricultural education and FFA. This week is a celebration of the student success and recognition of FFA activities conducted across the entire state of Wisconsin. FFA is making a positive difference in today’s schools and communities.

“Students enrolled in agricultural education in Wisconsin schools and who are members of the FFA have a fantastic opportunity for leadership and career development,” said Wisconsin FFA Executive Director Cheryl Zimmerman. “The Wisconsin FFA Convention is our opportunity to recognize the importance of the education of our society about agriculture and the achievement of young people who are the future leaders of the agriculture industry.”

The Wisconsin Association of FFA is a leading student organization due to the efforts of more than 18,000 students across the state. With a focus on premier leadership, personal growth and career success, students’ FFA activities complement agricultural classroom instruction by giving them an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge while gaining real-world experience. These activities are dependent on donor funding through the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. For more information about Wisconsin FFA and the Wisconsin FFA Foundation visit or, become a fan of Wisconsin FFA Foundation on Facebook, or call 715-659-4807.