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 »

The Four Wisconsin FFA Stars

The 2015 Wisconsin FFA Star in Agribusiness is Alex Costello of the Campbellsport FFA.  He started with 40 turkeys six years ago.  Today he has 40 turkeys, 305 broiler chickens and 130 laying hens.  He markets to customers throughout Fond du Lac County “basically through word-of-mouth and social media.”  He does all his own processing…. Read more »

Albers named Wisconsin State FFA President

Sally Albers of the Sauk Prairie FFA is the new Wisconsin State FFA President.  Albers served as Vice President in 2014-15.  She is an Ag Education major at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She looks forward to getting to know the new state officer team and hopes they can grow to be as close as… Read more »

Wisconsin FFA Stars honored

A night of stars at the Wisconsin FFA Convention on Wednesday.  Ashley Zimmerman of the Spencer FFA was named the 2015 Wisconsin Star Farmer; Ryan Schmitt of the Juda FFA was named Star in Agricultural Placement; Carlie O’Donnell of the Big Foot FFA is the Wisconsin Star in Agriscience and Alex Costello of the Campbellsport… Read more »

Wisconsin FFA essay and proficiency awards

Day-one of the Wisconsin State FFA Convention on Tuesday saw KatieAnn Sievert of the Bonduel FFA win the GROWMARK Essay Contest.  Taylor Adleman of the Medford FFA was second, Gianna Fischer of Mishicot placed third, Holly Francis of Elkhart Lake was fourth and Erin Marchant of the Broadhead FFA placed fifth. Emily Dahlke of the… Read more »

Don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy the moment

On Thursday morning, Alison Wedig will step on the stage one last time as Wisconsin State FFA President.  A year ago she was selected from the 2013-14 officer team to lead a new group of sectional representatives.  Wedig is proud of the way those ten members have melded into a team of leaders and friends. … Read more »