Partnering to promote service

This weekend’s Brickyard 400 will be the first time the National FFA Organization is featured as a primary car sponsor in a NASCAR race. The Number 38 Living to Serve Ford is a partnership between FFA and CSX. Driver David Gilliland says he’s excited to represent the organization.  “I think what they do is incredible,”… Read more »

Michigan’s Dairy Expo this week

Michigan’s largest dairy youth event takes place this week in East Lansing. The Michigan Dairy Expo includes the Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days and Michigan Dairy Breed Shows which run through Friday at the Michigan State University Pavilion. MSU Extension Educator Melissa Elischer says 4-H members will compete in dairy management, showmanship and breed shows,… Read more »

The Pavilion is full

Livestock are headed to Michigan State University this week for the Michigan Livestock Expo.  The state’s largest youth livestock exhibition runs through Sunday at the MSU Livestock Pavilion. Coordinator Ernie Birchmeier says while numbers are up, market hog participation is much higher than expected. “Numbers continue to grow and that’s a true testament to the… Read more »

Wisconsin State Fair meat products winners

The winners have been selected for the 24th annual Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction at the Wisconsin State Fair.  Conducted by the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors, the contest featured more than 140 entries this year. The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion in each of eight categories will be auctioned-off to benefit the… Read more »

Dairy cattle entries now open for WDE

Dairy cattle entries are now open for the 2015 World Dairy Expo.  Entry forms are available online through the Dairy Cattle Entry system or for print on the World Dairy Expo website.  All entry information, schedule of events, rules and changes can be found in the Premium Book on the Expo website as well. Entry… Read more »

Wisconsin expands poultry swap meet prohibition

As an extra precaution in the fight against avian influenza, Wisconsin State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw is prohibiting poultry from all swap meets in the state for the remainder of the year.  An earlier order was for swap meets at county, regional and state fairs. McGraw says the broader restrictions are needed to ensure the… Read more »

National Farmers Union Youth Advisors named

Six young adults have been elected to the Farmers Union National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC).  Andrew Cotter and Ali Slaughter of Wisconsin, Kiana Brockel, Jesse Carlson and Alexandra Farber of South Dakota and Karly Held of North Dakota will spend the next year representing Farmers Union youth at events such as the annual NFU Convention,… Read more »

Record year for Wisconsin FFA Foundation

2014-15 was a very good year for the Wisconsin FFA Foundation: a record $555,496.07 was raised, up 10 percent from the previous year.  Past president Lori Lulich said the Foundation is stronger than ever as is the state of the Wisconsin FFA Association. Travis Holt of Citizens State Bank of Loyal will serve as Foundation… Read more »

Organic Chair created at Wisconsin

A $2 million endowed chair for organic agriculture is being established at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The funding comes from a $500,000 gift from Organic Valley, a $500,000 gift from Clif Bar & Company with matching funds from U.W. Madison alumni John and Tashia Morgridge.   The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) chair will… Read more »

Meet the 2015-16 Wisconsin State FFA Officers

  Sally Albers is the 2015-16 Wisconsin State FFA President.  A member of the Sauk Prairie FFA, Albers served as State Vice President last year.  She is a student at U.W. River Falls majoring in agricultural education.  Albers talks about her background and her goals;   Representing Section I and serving as Secretary is Madison… Read more »