An estimated 850 members of Future Farmers of America from across Wisconsin gathered in early April for a day of competitions and educational sessions for Wisconsin’s 43rd annual Agriculture Day.
Students from 70 high schools came to Fox Valley Technical College near Appleton to have their projects judged and learn more about careers in agriculture and post-secondary education offerings for students interested in pursuing a career in agriculture.
In Wisconsin, agriculture contributes $88.3 billion to the state’s economy and every one job in agriculture supports 1½ other jobs, said Jeff Lyon, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
“Agriculture is a huge industry in Wisconsin. It’s not just those working on the farms, but all those who support the work being done on the farm, whether it’s people working at the grain elevator, the people repairing equipment or someone working for a cheese manufacturer,” he said.