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Ryan Erickson - Vice President
Barron FFA Chapter - Section 1
rerickson@wisconsinffa.org
Supervised Agricultural Experience:
I was born and raised on my family’s small beef farm which was where my interest in agriculture was sparked. After joining the FFA in the seventh grade, I wasted no time in starting my SAE on the family farm in Beef Production Placement. I grew from observing the daily operations of the farm to now being able to run all aspects of the farm as the need arises. I later expanded my SAE as I started my own beef herd which has now grown to 20+ animals. I have also been employed by several local dairy farmers for the past 4-5 years where I gained very valuable experience on many different operations.
What was your favorite FFA opportunity that you participated in?
Competing at National FFA Convention in several different contests was definitely the highlight of my FFA career. In 2016, I had the chance to compete in the National Food Science and Technology CDE where my team and I earned a Bronze Rating. In 2017, a classmate of mine and I earned a silver rating in the National Agriscience Fair in the area of Plant Systems. And finally in 2018, I was able to attend National Convention once again to receive my American Degree which was an amazing experience. So National FFA Convention has brought about many rewarding experiences for me!
What was your favorite summer activity growing up?
Small Square Baling Hay! There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh baled hay on a hot summer day! Whether raking, baling, hauling or stacking in the hay mow, the whole haying process is what I look forward to every summer!
What is one thing you are looking forward to as a state officer?
I am really looking forward to putting on Sectional Leadership Workshops for all of the great members of Wisconsin FFA! Not only do we get to meet and interact with so many awesome members, but we also get to tour our fellow state officers hometowns and tour many great agricultural businesses.
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