Wednesday, January 16, 2013

FFA Member of the Week: A Passion for Dairy, and Agriculture as a Whole!

Name: Morgan Krause
Chapter: Buffalo FFA
Year in School: Sophomore
Favorite Color: Pink
Fun fact: Morgan has been showing dairy cattle since she was six years old!!

Morgan has been in agricultural organizations from an early age starting with 4-H. When the opportunity came to be able to join FFA it seemed to be a “Natural fit” to help develop and enhance her leadership skills. Being that her family is very involved with FFA in the community; her family was also very supportive of Morgan joining the Buffalo Chapter.
Morgan, growing up on the family dairy farm, has definitely learned something from all her experiences, and that is to work hard. Morgan’s involvement in Creed Speaking, Dairy Evaluation, Ag. Policy Bootcamp, 360 conference, and showing dairy cattle at both the county and state level, is a prime example of just how driven and hardworking Morgan is. This summer Morgan was also the only one from her chapter to attended State Greenhand Leadership Conference where she was able to expand her leadership skills as well as meeting tons of new FFA friends. She also hopes in the future to have the privilege to attend Washington Leadership Conference as well as take on Leadership roles in FFA.
Through all of Morgans experiences with FFA her favorite part is being able to meet new people who share common interests. Morgan contributes becoming a better speaker and leader to her participation in FFA, as well as the pathway to meeting several of her friends. From her experiences Morgan also enjoys being able to help and encourage to others in any way she can. For example, the past two years Morgans family farm has been the host for the Buffalo Chapters Corn Drive for Camp Courage, which last year, was the most successful corn drive the Buffalo FFA chapter has ever had!
Morgan not only talks about her passion for agriculture and FFA, but does a fine job of showing it as well. As a FFA member she helps with Wright County Breakfast on the Farm, an event that hosted over 2,000 people on a Saturday during June dairy month. The event teaches the non-farm public of the everyday practices on a dairy farm, which is critical for our generation to do. As a result, this event has been able to help clear up some of the misconceptions people have about agriculture.  Another glistening example is when her officer team spoke before the school board giving them insight on all the leadership activities our chapter is involved in. “It was a great opportunity to share our stories with community members who haven't heard it.”
On top of all of her FFA events Morgan still makes time to try and help out around home on her families 350 cow dairy farm, where they will soon be moving into our new free stall barn. Their family farm was even named Dairy Farmers of America Family of Distinction for the central area council in 2013. “I think FFA is an amazing organization and I am proud to be a member.”
Congratulations to Morgan Krause, this week’s FFA member of the Week!!!

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