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Michelle Stangler - Vice President
Watertown FFA Chapter - Section 10
mstangler@wisconsinffa.org
Supervised Agricultural Experience:
Through my Immersion SAE’s of Dairy Placement, Agriculture Education Placement, and Poultry Entrepreneurship, I have learned different skills that were once foundational Supervised Agricultural Experiences. I grew up on a small dairy farm and have worked on other dairy farms performing different tasks while gaining a better understanding of the dairy industry. In addition, I began my own Poultry business with raising approximately ten free range, layer chickens. Also, in my Agriculture Education SAE, I write and teach curriculum to elementary and middle school students about agriculture and FFA and assisted in teaching the FFA middle school quiz bowl team.
What was your favorite FFA opportunity that you participated in?
My first year eligible for Career Development Events I did not know what to participate in as my background was in dairy, but the dairy related teams were filled with upperclassmen. My agriculture teacher had told me he had resources on Poultry Evaluation and encouraged me to participate in that event. I knew nothing about the poultry industry and actually was afraid to hold a chicken at first. After a few years, I became more involved in the poultry industry with showing at the county fair and understanding what the industry has to offer. Throughout my four years of being involved in this contest, I was able to hold a chicken and place it, find interesting foreign material in further processed meats, and meet new members and leaders which had made it one of my favorite events in my FFA career.
What was your favorite summer activity growing up?
My summers growing up involved working on the farm with milking cows, feeding calves, and preparing to show in the Dairy project at the Dodge County Fair. I had put in many hours of work and dedication into training the animals and preparing them to look their best. After a summer’s worth of training, I was able to enjoy the fair with multiple different awards and show in the project with friends and family which never failed to create lots of good memories. Although there were times when I wanted to give up and hang out with friends and relax, I stayed determined just as I will during my year of service with helping other FFA members finding their niche in the FFA.
What is one thing you are looking forward to as a state officer?
Throughout different events, I want to continue to empower students to not only be in FFA, but to be involved and engaged members through the many different events that the FFA has to offer at the local, state, and national level. I have had four different agriculture instructors which created challenges when it came to participating in different events. It was also difficult to get my questions answered, so I want to help students by being a resource of information to them. Overall, I want to continue to meet different members across the state of Wisconsin and through the National FFA Organization and continue to be an advocate for the agriculture industry.
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