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Future Farmers of America State Officers Visit Michael Fields

This week we had a visit from the Wisconsin Association of FFA 2016-2017 State FFA Officer Team! It was a rainy morning, so we all took the opportunity to sit as a group and share our interests and ask questions of each other. We learned about SAE’s (Supervised Agricultural Experience) which is an integral component of the program and a chance for hands-on learning. So many interesting projects!

We were able to touch upon some of the work we are doing here at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, our cover cropping work and the importance for soil building, our organic corn breeding work focused on our efforts with gametophytic incompatibility, organic vegetable growing, our agricultural education work, our policy work highlighting our work with farmers to reduce agricultural run-off that is affecting waterways near and far, we spoke of pollinator habitats, perennial and annual plantings, permaculture, and things like budgets, finances, farm business planning – agriculture is such a vast topic! We were even able to speak about the history of Michael Fields and how the impulse of our organization actually began in Koberwitz, Germany with Rudolph Steiner’s lectures in Agriculture.

It was a pleasure meeting all of the future agricultural educators, ag policy advocates, veterinarians, dairymen/women, ag business entrepreneurs, ag communicators, ag scientists, and farmers! What a great group of young people; we look forward to collaborating and learning from each other!