FFA Activities

World Dairy Expo welcomes FFA members from across the country as it proudly provides educational opportunities and activities specifically for these students on Tuesday, October 1 in conjunction with the Central National FFA Contests. FFA Activity information for the 2019 World Dairy Expo will be available July 1.

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

Central National FFA Contests

The Central National Dairy Cattle Judging, Dairy Products Judging, Forage Management Cup and Showmanship Competition will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Teams can register online only on or before September 13. Late entries will be accepted September 14 - 18. Payment for late entries must be submitted or postmarked by September 18 to be eligible to participate. 

Reduced price tickets for FFA groups can be ordered, by September 18, through the online system, even for members not participating in contest events.

More information regarding each of the contest start times, locations, rules and regulations, entry fees and registration can be found at the following links:

2019 Central National FFA Events Booklet (PDF)

2019 Central National FFA Events Registration

FFA Contest Results

2018 Educational Seminars: Tuesday, October 2
Presented by Alliant Energy Foundation

8:30 a.m.

Mendota Room 1

"The Anatomy of Flavor", Presented by Culver's

Alison Wedig, Culver's Marketing Specialist - Public Relations

Alison Wedig

Looking for a chance to learn more about Culver's Thank You Farmers Project while testing your food science skills? This workshop will dive into the science behind flavors and what makes Culver's Fresh Frozen Custard taste so good!

9:30 a.m.

Mendota Room 2

"Frontiers, Facts and Finding Our Voice: Advocating for Agriculture"

Wisconsin FFA Officer Team - Amelia Hayden, Emily Kruse and Mitchell Schroepfer

WI State FFA Officers

As we approach new frontiers, there's a lot of new things happening in Agriculture! In this workshop, we'll learn about ways that we can best communicate about these innovations to people outside of the agriculture industry. 

10:30 a.m. 

Mendota Room 1

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

Carrie Calkins

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 six 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. 


Explore World Dairy Expo and "The Next Frontier" with these additional activities just for FFA members!

Texting Scavenger Hunt
World Dairy Expo is offering a FREE texting scavenger hunt for FFA members on Tuesday, October 2. Just text "HUNT" to 727-4-WDEXPO to participate. Members completing the tasks, are eligible to win a free t-shirt, while supplies last. Standard text message rates apply. If you have questions, please call 608-224-6455.

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. While there, students will also have the opportunity to check out award winning forage samples and ask questions of the experts.

Datamars Giveaways for FFA
Stop by booth EH 2401-2403 for a special FFA Bag Tag! Free to any FFA student.   

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 5015-5017 to enter for your chance to win!  

National Dairy FARM Program and Dairy Beef Quality Assurance
FFA Members! Come try your luck at correctly evaluating dairy cattle body condition and hygiene for a chance to win a prize basket including a customized Yeti Rambler and a $75.00 Visa Gift Gard. You can also take your pick of a variety of swag for liking the National Dairy FARM Program and the National BQA Program on Facebook (The National Dairy FARM Program and National Beef Quality Assurance) or Instagram (@farmprogram). Visit booth EH 4508