FFA Activities

World Dairy Expo welcomes FFA members from across the country as it proudly provides educational opportunities and activities in conjunction with the Central National FFA Contests. 

*Event details available in July 2024

WDE Advisor Guide

First time bringing students to World Dairy Expo? Check out the WDE Advisor Guide, designed the Wisconsin Association of FFA, specifically for advisors to help you and your students get the most out of your trip. 

Central National FFA Contests

The Central National FFA Contests (Dairy Cattle Judging, Dairy Products Judging, Showmanship and World Forage Management Cup) are held Tuesday, October 3. Teams must register online by September 8. Late entries are only accepted September 9 - 13. Payment for late entries must be submitted by September 13 to be eligible to participate. Registration information can be found here

Admission Tickets 

Thanks to FutureCow, FFA Chapters can order reduced rate admission tickets until Monday, October 2.

All admission ticket orders must be submitted via the new online ticket purchasing platformA link to purchase, and a discount code for reduced rate admission tickets is included in your FFA Contest registration confirmation email and/or has been shared via our latest FFA newsletter. If you do not recieve the newsletter, please contact Cassi Miller to recieve the latest edition.

Bus travel and parking map

FFA Seminars - Mendota 2

Tuesday, October 3, 9:30 a.m.
Sponsored by: Alliant Energy Corporation

Agricultural Careers Panel

  • Michelle Schmidt, Plymouth Cabinetry & Design LLC
  • Max Shenkenberg, Maier Farms LLC
  • Maxwell Udelhoven, CentralStar Select Sires

Moderator: Rachel Schutte, Farm Progress

Interested in pursuing an agricultural career or just wondering what options are after high school? World Dairy Expo has assembled a panel of agricultural professionals who represent a variety of career option for students looking to learn from current members of the dairy industry and beyond. Panelists will share about their various jobs, companies and what they have done to be successful beyond high school including their education paths.

Tuesday, October 3, 10:30 a.m.
Sponsored by: Alliant Energy Corporation CDExploration
Wisconsin State FFA Officer Team:
  • Mary Schrieber, State FFA President
  • Julia Lenz, State FFA Vice President, Section 6

  • Parker Litterick, State FFA Vice President, Section 4

  • Sophie Koehler, State FFA Vice President, Section 2

  • Brooke Wittrock, State FFA Sentinel

At World Dairy Expo, FFA members can compete in several Career Development Events (CDEs), but did you know that there are more than twenty other events to choose from throughout the year? During this workshop, members will explore the competitions that best suit their interests and try their hand at a few! Join members of the 2023-2024 Wisconsin State FFA Officer Team for some hands-on learning and the chance to embark on a new career path.

FFA Advisor Appreciation Event

Tuesday, October 3, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sponsored by: Brevant seeds

The future of agriculture looks bright because of outstanding educators! Thanks to the generous support of Brevant seeds, an appreciation event is schedule in the Brevant seeds Attendee Learning Lounge, located in the pre-function space of New Holland Pavilion 1. Join us, while supplies last, for free coffee, donuts and milk and to network with fellow educators.

*The event is for FFA Advisors and Ag Educators only

FFA Lanyards

Thanks to Lely North America, FFA lanyards and cards are available in the lobby New Holland Pavilion 1 and Lely's outdoor booth TM I, J. Be sure you and your students wear them while onsite to show your appreciation for this generous sponsorship!

Trade Show Booth Activities

FFA T-Shirts
Be sure to stop by the Pavilion 1 Lobby to grab a FFA t-shirt sponsored by: Brevant seedsCentral Life SciencesKwik Trip and Lely. *Available while supplies last.
FutureCow Drawing FFA
FutureCow will award 10 lucky winners $75 in gift cards for the "Shop FFA" online store. Stop by the FutureCow booth EH 3817-3918 to enter for your chance to win!
John Deere Judging Contest
Visit the John Deere booth (TM M, N, OO) to participate in a scavenger hunt activity for a chance to win a prize! 

VAS Dairy Trivia Plinko
Test your dairy knowledge and drop a puck down the Plinko board for your chance to win VAS swag, World Dairy Expo goodies and more. Visit the VAS team in the Exhibition Hall at booth EH 4331 and 4332 to play!

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College’s Mobile Ag Trailer 
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College’s Mobile Ag Trailer provides hands-on opportunity to learn more about agriculture career training offered at our college.  Stop by to engage with faculty, recruiters and students and practice skills needed in today’s animal, agronomy, business and ag mechanics industries. Try flying our drone simulator, practice IV injections on our beef cow, discuss the birthing process with our full-size cow model, identify parts of an engine, or check out other “hands on” opportunities.  Southwest Tech has a 98% graduate student satisfaction rating with over 60 programs of training. The trailer will only be on-grounds Tuesday, October 3 in Flag Circle.


Take a Quiz, Win Ice Cream
The U.S Dairy Forage Research Center is sponsoring a quiz about the dairy industry and forages in the Trade Center by the World Forage Analysis Superbowl. Students can complete the five-question quiz from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a chance to win free ice cream from the GEA Ice Cream Stand. Supplies are limited. While there, students will also have the opportunity to touch and smell award winning forage samples and ask questions of the experts.

Are you smarted than a freshman level exam?

Stop by the UW-River Falls booth on the main concourse of the Coliseum (MC 27tt). Spin the wheel to test your knowledge and win a prize! Find out if you already know the answer to a quiz question from the freshmen Animal Science course!