FFA Activities

Each year, World Dairy Expo strives to offer more educational opportunities for FFA students who attend the show. The activities listed below happened on Tuesday, October 3. 

For a map of where buses should travel and park, please click here.


Tuesday, October 3 at 8:30 a.m. in Mendota 1

“Making a Great First Impression” 
Carrie Calkins, Instructor, Kids Manners Matter

Students will participate in a 45-minute discussion of communication skills, chivalry and dressing for success. Discussion topics will include: verbal and non-verbal communication, 10 basic rules of chivalry (non-gender specific) and appropriate dress for success. Carrie Calkins has been teaching youth etiquette in the Madison area for five years. She is a Certified Children’s Etiquette instructor; aiming to provide life skills to promote success and independence. Calkins is also a Registered Nurse and local volunteer.  

Tuesday, October 3 at 9:30 a.m. in Mendota 2

“Find the Key to AG-vocacy”
Wisconsin FFA Office Team 

If communication is key, what is the key to communication? Come explore agricultural issues and find a key to unlocking the method for effective AGvocating. We will learn how to address any ag issue we may face using key messages and value-based conversations. Brenna Bay of Adams-Friendship FFA is serving as the 2016-17 Wisconsin State FFA President. Wisconsin State Reporter Hannah Taylor is from Poynette FFA and Laura Munger, Secretary, hails from Holmen FFA. 


Tuesday, October 3 at 10:30 a.m. in Mendota 1

“Who is Fil? Finding Your Personal Brand”
Team Filament

There’s a new product coming to market… and that product is you! In this session, you’ll dive into developing your own personal brand as an agvocate. You’ll learn how to effectively build your brand to promote you and all the ways you’re passionate about agriculture. At Filament, we exist to share our knowledge and passion for animals and animal agriculture. We bring hands-on understanding and decades of experience to our partners and create ideas and conversations which resonate and drive action.

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 Arena Building by the World Forage Analysis Superbowl. Students can take the five-question quiz from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a chance to win a free ice cream from the GEA Ice Cream Booth sponsored by Mycogen Seeds. Supplies are limited. Students will also have the opportunity to check out award winning forage smaples and ask questions of the experts.

Enter to Win Durango FFA Cowboy Boots

Calling all FFA members! You can win a free pair of Durango FFA Cowboy Boots. Stop by the FutureCow booth #5015 in the Exhibition Hall to enter.

Texting Scavenger Hunt

This year, World Dairy Expo will be offering a FREE texting scavenger hunt just for FFA members at World Dairy Expo on Tuesday, October 3. Please text HUNT to 727-4-WDEXPO to participate. Members completing the hunt, are eligible to win a free t-shirt, while supplies last. Standard text message rates apply. If you have questions, please call Liz at 608-224-6455 or lmatzke@wdexpo.com.