Special Report

The first farm for many

While the Wisconsin State Fair is a celebration of agriculture it takes place in the largest metropolitan area in the state. That presents a great opportunity for the Wisconsin State FFA Officer Team to talk to people unfamiliar with the farm and agriculture. State president Kayla Hack and the others are in the Badgerland Financial Discovery Barnyard with a collection of animals. “It show’s animal care and how important animal care is to production agriculture.” The team does numerous demonstrations throughout the day explaining everything from birth to vaccinations. “This might be the only farm some people ever see” says Hack.

State Treasurer Nate Zindars talks to visitors about sheep, “Because you don’t find sheep in the grocery store”. He even does a little shearing to explain how wool is produced.

State Secretary Zack Markhardt is handing out “beanie baggies”, little bags of seeds that germinate to show how seeds become plants. He gives them to the visitors to carry with them.

State Vice President Logan Wells talks to people about forestry and soils in Wisconsin. He gives them a chance to feel the different types of soil found in the state and also see the differences among woods.

AUDIO: The State Officers talk about the display

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