As shocking images and headlines regarding agriculture continue to grace TV screens and show up on social media, many are asking how they can help farmers and rural communities. FFA chapters across the state of Wisconsin are answering that question in a big way by holding a plethora of fundraisers and other related activities that you can get involved with as well.
Slinger FFA, for example, is selling yard signs that say “Dairy Strong” to residents of Washington County for $10 each. Katelyn Dei, an Agriscience Teacher and FFA Adviser at Slinger High School, says that they have sold over 100 signs and they will have to order more to fill the demand. Dei admits that the sign idea wasn’t hers as she got it from other FFA chapters in the area but “the more the merrier” when it comes to doing good. Regardless of where the idea came from, though, it is helping in a huge way as proceeds from the signs will go to local food banks purchasing dairy products.
Other chapters taking action to help out include Kewaskum FFA, which is also selling signs and donating proceeds to a food pantry… River Valley FFA, which is delivering 1-gallon of milk to households (with school lunches) to families each week… West Salem/Bangor FFA Alumni, which has donated 92 gallons of milk to local school families….and Royall FFA, who is doing an 8-gallon challenge (8 gallons is what fits in their community’s food pantry) and challenging local businesses to do the same each week.
“It’s kinda up to us to repay,” farmers and producers, Dei says. “They’re going through a really, really tough time right now….and we won’t be able to solve every problem,” Dei explains, “but if the dairy industry needs us right now and we can stand up and do this one little thing for them it might have that ripple effect to make a larger difference.”
If you want to help out the farmers of America’s Dairyland, reach out to your local FFA Chapter and see if they are hosting any community events such as the ones listed above. If they are, that’s your chance to do your part and give back to agriculture. Josh Scramlin recently spoke with Katelyn Dei and you can hear their full conversation by clicking the play button below: