I took a little time to stop out at the Service Motor Company Agriculture Center at the Appleton Campus on Friday morning to take in a regional FFA competition. This was the 39th annual FFA Career Development event that we have hosted. The morning’s competitions involved over 70 Wisconsin high schools and 1,200 of their students. Our parking lot was filled with yellow buses, which is always wonderful to see! And many of those buses left their local communities at a very early hour to be here in time for the event.
These students, as individuals and in teams, were competing in this regional event to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in 13 agriculture-related different areas…everything from agronomy to livestock, dairy products to ag mechanics, and more. The various events were being held in every classroom and lab of the Ag Center, but also in other campus buildings as well as off-site locations such as the county fairgrounds and a local stable. High school ag instructors were involved, our faculty and staff were heavily engaged, and many of our own students were assisting with running these events. Students that qualify will then move on to the state and ultimately the national competitions. Continue reading “Opening Our Doors to High School FFA Competitions”