Over 315 Attend Farm Bureau’s FFA Farm Forum

More than 315 high school juniors and FFA advisors from across Wisconsin attended Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s FFA Farm Forum in Rothschild on Feb. 15. 

“FFA Farm Forum is an opportunity for the next generation in agriculture to gain new experiences and leadership skills,” said WFBF President Brad Olson. “We appreciate FFA members participating in FFA Farm Forum, investing in both themselves and the future of agriculture.” 

The keynote speaker was UW-River Falls Collegiate Farm Bureau member Katrina Hoesley. Hoesley encouraged students to live out their best values with intention and to connect their passions with a driving purpose to ensure success.  

During the one-day event, FFA members attended career-based workshops including: ‘Explore the World of Marketing and Communications’ with Kendall Riskedal of Broadhead, Country Lights Soy Candles; ‘Navigating Ag Horizons: My Journey from FFA to Farm Bureau’ with Ben Sand of 715 Risk Advisors LLC; ‘Redefining and Celebrating Sustainability’ with Rachel LaCount of Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation; ‘Ag Lending: More Than Just Loaning Money’ with Josh Schmidt of AgCountry Farm Credit Services; ‘FFA, YFA and Your Ag Experience’ with Katrina Hoesley of UW-River Falls Collegiate Farm Bureau; and ‘Your Passion + The Right Training = Career Success’ with Adam Wehling of Chippewa Valley Technical College.  

“FFA Farm Forum is a great partnership between Wisconsin Farm Bureau and Wisconsin FFA to encourage leadership development and exploration of careers in agriculture,” said WFBF Director of Young Leader Programs Melissa Jacobson. “We were excited to provide this opportunity for future agricultural leaders.”