Members of the Mauston FFA chapter attended the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s FFA Farm Forum February 21-22 in Wisconsin Rapids. They included (from left): Alexis Lenorud and Amber Bellows. Students were sponsored by the Juneau County Farm Bureau.

Contributed…WISCONSIN RAPIDS— Mauston FFA members were among the more than 140 high school students who attended the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s FFA Farm Forum in Wisconsin Rapids February 21-22. “The Farm Bureau is proud to host this annual event with the FFA to help grow the next crop of agricultural leaders in Wisconsin,” said Jim Holte, president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. During the two-day event at Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids, Alexis Lenorud and Amber Bellows attended workshops that covered topics including post-high school agricultural opportunities, current legislative issues and misconceptions about agriculture and biotechnology. Joining Holte as keynote speakers at the event were two young dairy farmers who regularly engage the public on social media: Rick Roden of West Bend, a former chairman of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee, and Carrie Mess of Lake Mills, who blogs under the name Dairy Carrie. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation sponsors the FFA Farm Forum in cooperation with the Wisconsin Association of FFA. This year’s FFA Farm Forum marks the 42nd year the Farm Bureau family of affiliates has sponsored the event for Wisconsin youth. For more information about the Wisconsin Farm Bureau, check out its website at