Wisconsin FFA Foundation: Members receive $25,500 in supervised agricultural experience program grants

For more information contact:

Nicole Schmidt, Executive Director

Wisconsin FFA Foundation

608-828-5505

[email protected]

The Wisconsin FFA Foundation is proud to announce that $25,500 has been awarded to 41 Wisconsin FFA members in $500 and $1000 Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program grants.

SAE programs apply the concepts learned in the agricultural education classroom and the skills developed through FFA membership to individual experiential learning projects. Programs are classified as placement or entrepreneurship and span a broad range of agricultural careers and businesses.

“In the past two years, we’ve been excited to have so much student interest in SAE programs,” said Jeff Hicken, Wisconsin FFA advisor. “It’s great to see these students develop the leadership and career skills they’ll need as they enter the agriculture industry.”

The grants were awarded in three different SAE categories: dairy, organic agriculture, and agri-entrepreneurship start-up grants.

Dairy SAE grants at $500 and $1,000 values were distributed to 27 students in America’s Dairyland. These grants were sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Foremost Farms USA, WE Energies-Agriculture Services Program, NASCO and Saputo. Dairy SAE grant recipients were:

Tyler Grosskreutz Auburndale FFA Mark Cournoyer and Gwen Altmann, advisors

Trisha Kurtz Bonduel FFA Doug Raymakers, advisor

Abby Tauchen Bonduel FFA Doug Raymakers, advisor

Bridgette Linneman Boscobel FFA Jeff Ostheimer, advisor

Nicholas Schuster Campbellsport FFA Kirk Kramp, advisor

Evan Ensign Colby FFA Gary Wirkus and Teri Raatz, advisor

Nicole Allen Fennimore FFA Shelby Mitchell, advisor

Candace Wetter Fennimore FFA Shelby Mitchell, advisor

Kelly Lee Fort Atkinson FFA Jeff Agnew and Steve Merkel, advisors

Laura Finley Lake Mills FFA Richard Dykstra, advisor

Cassy Krull Lake Mills FFA Richard Dykstra, advisor

Cody Borresen Luck FFA Tom Wesle, advisor

Savannah Brown Neillsville FFA Amy Gerhardt, advisor

Desi Heck Neillsville FFA Amy Gerhardt, advisor

Amy Heck Neillsville FFA Amy Gerhardt, advisor

Matthew Heiman Neillsville FFA Amy Gerhardt, advisor

Allison Wegner Neillsville FFA Amy Gerhardt, advisor

Ben Borgardt Oshkosh West FFA Christa Van Treeck, advisor

Tyler Davies Oshkosh West FFA Christa Van Treeck, advisor

Bradley Potratz Oshkosh West FFA Christa Van Treeck, advisor

Aaron Radloff Oshkosh West FFA Christa Van Treeck, advisor

Erik Kok Randolph-Cambria-Friesland FFA Keith Gundlach, advisor

John Kosmalski Rosholt FFA LeRoy Miller, advisor

Adam Benzschawel Thorp FFA Glen Schraufnagel, advisor

Kayla Hoffstatter Thorp FFA Glen Schraufnagel, advisor

Merideth Williams-Ponto Thorp FFA Glen Schraufnagel, advisor

Kyle Holmes Tomah FFA Nelda Bailey, advisor

Four $500 organic agriculture SAE grants were sponsored by Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative. Recipients include:

Emma Jones Badger FFA Larry Plapp and Candice Olson, advisors

Austin Mikshowsky Bangor FFA Robert Ickler, Jr., advisor

Erik Byom Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau FFA Kent Haake, advisor

Kasey Johnson Luck FFA Tom Wesle, advisor

Finally, 10 Wisconsin FFA members received $500 agri-entrepreneurship start-up grants, designed to help students start their own businesses. These grants were supported by the Wisconsin FFA Foundation general fund.

Amber Cina Bonduel FFA Doug Raymakers, advisor

Mariah Ahrens Brodhead FFA Jillian Beaty, advisor

Sierra Friederick Fennimore FFA Shelby Mitchell, advisor

James Duesher Kewaunee FFA Arnie Johnsrud, advisor

Kinsey Walker La Farge FFA Dave Wright, advisor

Jacob Hamilton La Farge FFA Dave Wright, advisor

Peter Lisowski Mondovi FFA Adam Wehling, advisor

Caleb Ahrens Monroe FFA Carmen Check, advisor

Andrew Buss Randolph-Cambria-Friesland FFA Keith Gundlach, advisor

Josh Dubiel Whitehall FFA Melinda Goplin, advisor

The Wisconsin FFA Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that supports the state’s agricultural education programs (classroom instruction, FFA, and Supervised Agricultural Experiences) by developing partnerships with individual and corporate sponsors. Learn more by visiting http://www.wisconsinffafoundation.org.