What do you use that for?

Students enrolled in Greenhouse, Plants and Flowers got to learn about the tools that agronomists use in the field. Bobbi Schimmel and Kellie Zahn of AgVentures discussed their career paths and answered questions. Students also had the opportunity to identify tools they use in their job and learned what they are used for which showcased the high level of math and science in agriculture.

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New Promotional FFA Video Contest

Attention creative FFA members and advisors!!!   Do you have what it takes to create a promotional video to show off your FFA chapter at this year’s state FFA convention?  The state officer team is challenging FFA chapters across the state to show your creative side and tell your story!!

Note this is NOT a slide show of pictures of your chapter activities, but rather actual video put together from different FFA activities, events or features of your chapter.  Create the message you want to share….and add some music!!!  You do not need to create new lyrics, but the choice is yours… 

1.     High quality videos will have an FFA appropriate song and creatively promote the many different aspects of your FFA chapter. 

2.     Videos should be 4 to 6 minutes long.

3.     Videos can be submitted two ways; mail a CD or DVD to the Wisconsin FFA Center or upload the video to YouTube and email the link to the Wisconsin FFA Center by May 6, 2013

4.     The top videos will be featured during state convention.  

Registration due Friday for 212 and EDGE Conferences

The 2013 Spring 212 and EDGE Conferences will be held at the Hyatt on Main in Green Bay, Wisconsin March 22-23, 2013.  This is a Friday night/Saturday schedule. 
 
The 212 Conference is designed for Freshman and Sophomore members..this is the same conference as offered last Fall.  212 will be presented by National FFA Staff. 
 
The EDGE Conference is designed for 7th and 8th graders entitled “The Team Experience”.  EDGE will be presented by Rhett Laubach and his staff.
 
Registration is due online March 1 to Ms. Claflin. The cost is $75 for both EDGE & 212.

State School Superintendent Proclaims FFA Week in Wisconsin

From Wisconsin Ag Connection – 2/18/2013

Wisconsin’s top public education official is giving a nod of support to the blue-and-gold by declaring this week as FFA week.

“I, Tony Evers, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, do hereby proclaim February 16-23, 2013, as FFA Week in the State of Wisconsin, and I commend this observation to all citizens,” he said.

The declaration went on to say that FFA and agriculture education provide a strong foundation for the youth in America and the future of the food, fiber, and natural resources systems and that FFA promotes premier leadership, personal growth and career success among its members.

State FFA Director Cheryl Zimmerman says there were over 19,000 FFA members in Wisconsin as of this past year–the largest number in over two decades. FFA membership on the national level is also up, according to Zimmerman.

Meanwhile, FFA chapters around the state will be involved in a range of activities and events during the week.

National FFA Week is held annually during the same week as George Washington’s birthday, who himself was a life-long farmer and leader of our nation. The event was developed to tie together all the promotional efforts of individual FFA chapters and high school agriculture programs.

FFA Fundraiser!

This year we are bringing back the strawberry sales. The sizes are a flat or eight quarts, a half of flat or four quarts, or just one quart. The prices start at $4 for a quart and go up to $25. If you would like to order any please find a member! 🙂

Gillett FFA Members Attend Farm Forum Conference

Gillett FFA Members Attend Farm Forum Conference

Gillett FFA members Rachel Ransom and Abbey Horsens are attending the Wisconsin Farm Forum Conference this weekend which is hosted by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.

According to a press release from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau:

“During the two-day event at Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids, FFA members will attend workshops that cover topics including post-high school agricultural opportunities, current legislative issues and misconceptions about agriculture, biotechnology and animal genetics.

Speakers at the forum will include Jim Holte, Wisconsin Farm Bureau President, Tim Clark, Wisconsin Farm Bureau YFA Committee Chair-Elect and Rochelle Ripp, 65th Alice in Dairyland.”

Food Fun: Cereal Bar Development Project

This week the middle school Food Fun class took on the role of food scientists to create their own cereal bars. They were responsible for creating the recipe, a name and advertisement. They also estimated the cost of supplies and how much one bar would cost (not including labor, packaging, shipping).

212 Conference for freshmen & sophomores

Who can attend: 212 is geared towards 9th & 10th grade FFA members.

When: Friday evening, March 22 – Saturday, March 23

Where: KI Convention Center/Hyatt on Main, Green Bay, WI

Time: Registration, 4pm. Opening Session at 6:15pm on Friday. Conference ends 3:30pm on Saturday.

Meals: Friday night pizza party & dance, Saturday breakfast and lunch buffets are included in the meal/activity package.

Dress: Official dress for all sessions.

Cost: $75 – registration fee, hotel room, meal/activity package.

EDGE Conference – Just for 7th & 8th graders!

Who can attend: EDGE material is geared towards 7th & 8th grade FFA members.

When: Friday evening, March 22 – Saturday, March 23

Where: KI Convention Center/Hyatt on Main, Green Bay, WI

Time: Registration, 4pm. Opening Session at 6:15pm on Friday. Conference ends 3:30pm on Saturday.

Meals: Friday night pizza party & dance, Saturday breakfast and lunch buffets are included in the meal/activity package.

Dress: Business casual dress for all sessions.

Cost: $75 – registration fee, hotel room, meal/activity package.