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Former WI FFA State President now serves as ag educator

A former Wisconsin FFA State President is helping members learn every day. 

Amelia Hayden was a member of the Big Foot Chapter in Walworth five years ago when she served as president.  Now, the University of Minnesota graduate is the new agricultural educator and FFA advisor for the Osseo-Fairchild school district. “It’s been really exciting to not only to work with students over several years, rather than one year of service or two years of service.”

Hayden tells Brownfield as an ag educator, she enjoys working with middle and high school students. “And see them grow from that shy middle schooler who is not sure what this is all about to having outgoing seniors who are running for state FFA office this year. It’s just exciting to be part of more of that longitudinal growth for students.”

Hayden says students who don’t yet know what they want to do after graduation should explore the opportunities in agriculture including ag education. “There are so many opportunities out there for youth to explore their interests and to see what career path might be right for them, and even if you think you may not have the background experience for it, there’s ways to gain that experience so that you can feel prepared going into that career field.”

Wisconsin’s FFA convention wrapped up Thursday in Madison.

AUDIO: Amelia Hayden discusses Wisconsin FFA’s Day of Service and her own transition from State President to ag educator and FFA advisor.

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