Three Wisconsin chapters meet local farmers and receive a total of $3,250
Wisconsin FFA members made connections with area farmers and advocated on behalf of agriculture in the third annual FFA Chapter Challenge. The members not only learned first-hand about agricultural livelihoods, but the top three chapters in the state also earned a total of $3,250 for their FFA programs. These chapters were recognized at the 2013 Wisconsin Convention in Madison.
"The students of today are many generations removed from the farm, and I feel it is imperative that they make connections with local agriculturists," said Stacy Skemp, Janesville Parker FFA advisor. "FFA Chapter Challenge is a great way to encourage FFA members to reach out to local farmers."
Across the country, FFA chapters were in the running for the FFA Chapter Challenge grand prize, sponsored by the National FFA Foundation and Monsanto. The top chapter in each category received an all-expense paid trip for seven to the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo. The top FFA chapters in each state received certificates of credit up to $2,500, which can be used with the national office for items such as new FFA blue jackets, convention fees and more.
Top chapters in Wisconsin Voting Challenge:
*First place – Janesville Parker FFA
*Second place – Cuba City FFA
New this year, Chapter Challenge offered FFA members in 15 states two ways to participate. Chapters could compete in the Voting Challenge or the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge. In the Voting Challenge, members met with local farmers to build relationships and learn about their livelihoods. Those farmers then voted for their favorite FFA chapter. With the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge, chapters were encouraged to meet with agriculturalists and community members to broaden their understanding about agriculture and then promote what they learned by using social media and by creating a video.
"Monsanto is proud to partner with the National FFA Foundation," said Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto customer advocacy outreach manager. "Together we are helping local chapters advocate for agriculture and create bonds with the people who grow our food and build our communities."