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Ben Styer - President
Menomonie FFA Chapter
bstyer@wisconsinffa.org
Supervised Agricultural Experience:
My two SAEs are dairy production and swine production. Although I can remember helping my parents with farm tasks from a very young age, I started regularly working in the calf barn in seventh grade. Since then, my duties have greatly grown. Today, I am very active in all aspects of the calf barn, feeding calves, understanding computer data, and operating automatic feeders, and occasionally help milk in the parlor too. I also raise a few show heifers separate from the rest of the herd each year and prepare them for shows at a local and state level. Additionally, I help take care of my family's small show pig operation. One of my older sisters, Krista, began showing pigs about ten years ago, and my family has bred, owned, and raised show pigs ever since. My brother, Brian, and I used to farrow about eight sows each year and raise their piglets, but have since sold the sows. I was very involved in sire selection, breeding, and farrowing. From these experiences, I have gained numerous skills and now hope to eventually return to my family's dairy farm sometime after attending college.
The FFA Vision is 'FFA provides the next generation of leaders who will change the world.' What is one way you anticipate FFA members will change the world?
I have said it before, and I will say it again - one of the greatest blessings of my life has been growing up on my family's dairy farm. This upbringing taught me first hand where my food comes from, the value of hard work, and how to persevere through difficult situations. With less than two percent of the world population being directly involved with production agriculture though, I realize fewer and fewer individuals have the opportunity to have experiences like mine. That is where we as FFA members come in. In FFA, we learn the value of hard work, are exposed to many aspects of the agricultural community, grow from the challenges we face, and have fun through it all. We can change the world by instilling these values - hard work, appreciation for the American farmer, humility, respect, and creativity - with those around us. FFA is for the future and for all. We have been changing the world for 93 years in this organization, and I am optimistic as I look to the future because of the bright young people in FFA today.
What winter olympic sport best suits your personality?
The Luge best represents my personality! In this winter sport, participants ride a small luge sled down a slick ice track at fast speeds. While on the sled, they lay feet first, face up, and can have one or two people on the sled at a time. First and foremost, I am someone who sits back and thinks about a situation before I jump in head first - just like Luge riders whose feet lead the way. At the same time though, I love adventure and think it would be quite the rush to zoom down an ice track at speeds of over 80 miles per hour. Another part of my personality is that I listen more than I speak. I would imagine men and women competing in Luge at the olympics also have to "listen" by paying close attention to their speed, how the sled is moving, and other aspects of their run in order to have a successful ride. I have never been on a luge sled and do not think I would be very good at it, so I will plan on sticking to skiing, sledding, and tubing the hills of Wisconsin!
What's one goal you have for the second half of your year as a state officer?
Over the next six months, I look forward to continuing to make connections with FFA members. Wisconsin FFA is home to 19,804 FFA incredible members, and each has their own unique story, interests, and talents. I have the opportunity to build connections with students and listen to each one, probably more so now than I will ever have after this year of service is complete. The time is now to be genuine with everyone who makes FFA what it is because that will result in the strongest connections made. The past year and a half since being elected in 2020 have been the best times of my life because of the driven people in this organization. If we have met already, I cannot wait to reconnect with you, and if we have yet to cross paths, I look forward to seeing you soon!
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