SAE Grants Available

The Wisconsin FFA Foundation is accepting applications for the SAE Grant Programs. The application can be found on the website and MUST be postmarked by November 15th!

The SAE Grants are available in four different categories: aquaculture, dairy, organic agriculture and start-up.  Funds for these grants are given by Foremost Farms USA, Nasco, Organic Valley, Saputo Cheese USA, Sartori Cheese, ST Paper, We Energies, Wisconsin Aquaculture Association, and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

To be eligible for these grants, students must be a current FFA member and in grades 7 – 11 during the 2013-14 school year and complete the current Wisconsin FFA Foundation SAE Grant application. Please encourage your students to apply for this financial support to start and grow their SAE!

The application is available at If you have any further questions, please contact the Wisconsin FFA Foundation at 608-831-5058. All applications MUST BE POSTMARKED by November 15th.


Sheep Shearing School

2013 Beginning Sheep Shearing School


The annual Beginning Sheep Shearing School will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, 2013 at the Sheep Unit, Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Arlington, WI. The school will cover basic shearing skills including sheep handling, shearing positions, wool handling, and equipment care and maintenance.  Cost of the school will be $75.00 per participant.  All equipment will be furnished.  Participants can bring their own shearing equipment if they wish.  Registration includes lunch both days. Lodging is not included, but a list of local hotels will be provided.  Please contact Todd Taylor (608-846-5858, with questions and to obtain registration information.  The registration deadline is November 15, 2013, and enrollment will be limited to the number of students the space can accommodate. The school is organized by the Department of Animal Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Cooperative Extension, University of Wisconsin-Extension; and the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative.

Evidence of Success

The Seniors Only class focuses in September in planning for the future, with a focus on college applications. We were fortunate to have Jen Jones from UW-Green Bay come and speak to our class about how to get accepted to college.


She gave some great tips on how students can show “evidence of success” on their college applications.  Jen reminded students that their senior year does matter and universities look for signs that you will graduate from college.

FFA Member Grows Pumpkins for a Cure

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Pink Pumpkin Project

Maggie Roth hopes there will be as many pink pumpkins adorning doorsteps this fall as orange ones.

The sophomore member of the Holcomb FFA Chapter in Kansas has been working with the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation to help raise awareness and join in the fight against breast cancer. Roth says breast cancer research is an important cause to her, and once she found the foundation’s website, she knew she wanted to be a part of it.

“I believe that at some point in life, everyone is affected by cancer,” she says. “Whether it is someone they know, a friend of a friend or themselves, it’s a big deal.”

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Kalie Hall: Bucket Lists… FFA Style!

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Bucket ListBucket lists…they’re hip, they’re trendy, and whether you’ve written one or not, you probably have a few things you could put on one.

A bucket list is a list of things you want to do before the end of this life. For instance, my bucket list includes:

  1. Watch the Duke University and the University of North Carolina basketball teams square off in Cameron Indoor Stadium
  2. Spend a summer doing missions overseas.

Some lists are serious, and some are silly; but each list is a simple way to keep track of goals and remind us to make them happen.

As school is back in session, maybe we’ve already created a few goals for the year like doing better in school, getting a job or learning a new instrument. We can do the same with FFA. Here are a few things we can all add to our FFA bucket lists for this…

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