FFA members were rewarded for their Supervised Agricultural Experience. Recently, the Wisconsin FFA Foundation awarded $26,780 in Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) grants to 48 Wisconsin FFA members. These awardees hail from 26 FFA chapters around the state.
Awardees were selected based on the level and scope of their Supervised Agricultural Experience in accordance with their age, future goals and plans for the program, as well as financial need. Through the SAE program, students apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world challenges and work experiences. It is one of the three-component agricultural education model in Wisconsin, which also includes FFA and classroom learning.
“The SAE program provides students the valuable hands-on learning which rounds out their classroom instruction and FFA experience,” says John Hromyak, Wisconsin FFA Foundation executive director. “This critical component of agricultural education wouldn’t be possible without our partners and benefactors from across the state. We are grateful to have their support and join them in congratulating our grant recipients.”
The 2017-18 Wisconsin FFA Foundation SAE grants were awarded in five categories: dairy, grain production, livestock, organic agriculture and start-up.
Dairy SAE Grants
Dairy Sponsors for the 2017-18 Wisconsin FFA Foundation SAE Grant include; Andis Foundation, Dairy Business Association, Edge, Foremost Farms USA, Saputo Cheese USA, We Energies, and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
$1,000 SAE grants awarded to the following recipients:
- Whitney Clason, Albany FFA
- Kristi Cleven, Brookwood FFA
- Heather Kuhnau, Sauk Prairie FFA
- Zach Olson, Southern Door FFA
- Devin White, Clinton FFA
- Ella Woodworth, Shullsburg FFA.
$750 SAE Grants awarded to the following recipients:
- Jared Abraham, Plymouth FFA
- Cheyenne Burgess, Shullsburg FFA
- Zachary DuCharme, Clinton FFA
- Landon Holewinski, Pulaski FFA.
$420 SAE Grants awarded to the following recipients:
- Brynn and Kenzie Emery, from the Palmyra-Eagle FFA
- Emily Pankratz, Auburndale FFA
- Randy Winch, Fennimore FFA
Grain Production SAE Grants
The new Grain Production SAE Grant is sponsored by the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association. A $1,200 SAE Grain Production grant was awarded to Seth Cupery of the Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA.
Livestock SAE Grants
Livestock SAE Grants continued to be sponsored by Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association as well as Andis Foundation.
The $900 SAE Grant was awarded to Brian Alwin of the Clinton FFA.
$450 SAE Grants awarded to the following recipients:
- Dallas Bazewicz, Cumberland FFA
- Kyle Haldiman, Monroe FFA
- Maddy Huschitt and Colton Klemm from the Black Hawk FFA
- Maiya Koberle, Oregon FFA
- Makenna Koopmans, Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA
- Allison Lund, Cambridge FFA
- Cody Miller, Lake Geneva Badger FFA
- Ian and Colton Pank, from Whitehall FFA
- Ahslee Piskow, Granton FFA
- Clayton Rankin, Clinton FFA
- Abbigail Schwark, Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA
- Payton Van Schyndle, Cuba City FFA
Organic Agriculture SAE Grants
Organic Agriculture SAE grants again were sponsored by Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, Inc. and Viroqua Food Co-op. Jessica Bahr, of the Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA, received a $500 grant in this category.
Start-Up SAE Grants
Start-up grants were provided by BlueScope Buildings, Sartori Company and ST Paper LLC.
$500 SAE grant recipients include:
- Cecilia Cervantes, Oregon FFA
- Jaden Gardner, Granton FFA
- Brandon Jakobi, Granton FFA
- Kaelyn Sumner, Pulaski FFA.
$400 SAE grant recipients include:
- Brooke and Annemarie Aue, Auburndale FFA
- Jennifer Burno, Clinton FFA
- Madyson Chitko, Pulaski FFA
- Vaida Goplin, Whitehall FFA
- Micah Hanson, Wisconsin Heights FFA
- Haden Hartwig, Cambridge FFA
- Seth Helminiak, Auburndale FFA
- Hailey Hendrickson, Randolph CambriaFriesland FFA
- Rheanne Kurszewski, Rosholt FFA
- Samuel Linzmeier, Tomah FFA
- Brock Roy, Dodgeland FFA
- Michelle Stangler, Watertown FFA
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization, unites individuals, organizations and companies who share a common interest in the advancement of agriculture and community leadership through FFA. Learn more about the Wisconsin FFA Foundation and sponsorship opportunities by visiting http://www.wisconsinffafoundation.org.