State Reports

State Summary 2015 — Wisconsin

State Contact

Ms. Darlene Arneson
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation
P.O. Box 5550
Madison, WI 53705-0550
P: 608.828.5644

Classroom Resources

Wisconsin Farm Facts Interactive Brochure

Children’s Book Resources – Sugarbush Spring

Fun Facts About Wisconsin Agriculture

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

1. Coordinated Summer Teacher Training with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls offering a two day bus tour for 25 participants and a one day classroom training for 18 participants.

2. Distributed $1,480 to 15 teachers through a Teacher Mini-Grant program.

3. Administered $8,809 of AITC matching grants to 18 local agricultural groups, schools and organizations.

4. Had 2,853 students participate in the essay contest for 4-5th grade students with the topic, “Why are bees important to Wisconsin Agriculture?”

5. Administered Soybean Science Kit use to 2,480 participants using 74 kits.

6. Helped distribute an additional 40,000 Amazing Corn Activity booklets, and started distributing 15,000 copies of ABCs and 123s of Agriculture, 15,000 copies of This Business Called Agriculture and 15,000 copies of An Ag Career For You.

7. Increased involvement at the Wisconsin State Fair by participating in three State Fair Camp Days, reaching 500 Milwaukee youth and helped sponsor the Discovery Barnyard where nearly750 Soybean Babies were made.

8. Over 80 FFA members were offered ideas during the AITC workshop at the Wisconsin FFA Convention.

9. Created the Wisconsin Commodities Map and found funding to provide them as a free resource. Fact sheets are being developed to highlight each commodity.

10. Developed reading curriculum for high school students utilizing the Growing Wisconsin magazine.

11. Ag in the Classroom volunteers Don Meyer and Becky Panzer received White-Reinhardt Scholarships from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture to attend the National Ag in the Classroom Conference. Sheri Hicken attended as a CHS Scholar and Ashley Prue was a workshop presenter.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

1. Increased the number of students participating in the essay contest from 2,467 to 2,853.

2. Increased the number of students reached through their teachers in the elementary grades from 20,413 to 28,456.

3. Increased the number of volunteers who helped with AITC programs from 3313 to 362.

4.Increased the number of students reached through their teacher from 23,631 to 29,472.


Wendy Kannel has been with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau since 2010 and is the Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Coordinator and Director of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation since May, 2014. As the Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, Wendy works with teachers of all grade levels and volunteers to provide agriculture education resources that will help with increasing agriculture literacy across the state. As Director of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation, Wendy secures funding, conducts fundraisers and coordinates sponsorship programs and activities. Prior to joining the team at Farm Bureau, she was the middle and high school agriculture teacher for the Mishicot School District. Wendy earned her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Reading Teacher Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Wendy grew up on a small dairy farm in northwest Wisconsin. Gretchen Kamps took over the position in October of 2015. Gretchen has been with Farm Bureau as a District Coordinator since 2012. She has a bachelor of science degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and Masters in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. Gretchen is also a beef farmer in southwest Wisconsin.