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Political science major elected to state FFA association

RELEASED: June 25, 2010

Noah Wiendenfeld
Noah Wiedenfeld

EAU CLAIRE — A political science student from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been elected to serve as the 2010-11 state vice president of the Wisconsin Association of FFA.

Junior Noah Wiedenfeld, Lake Mills, will meet with FFA members at the local, state and national levels, and the entire state officer team will meet with leaders in government, education, business and agriculture.

Wiedenfeld joined FFA during his freshman year of high school, following in the footsteps of his father, uncle and all five of his older brothers, who served as chapter presidents at the same high school. Weidenfeld attended many leadership development conferences, exhibited animals at the county fair and won multiple speaking competitions. His father went on to become an agriculture instructor and FFA adviser.

"My new position will provide me with the chance to meet with key politicians and industry officials, which is very exciting as a political science major," Wiedenfeld said. "I will also undergo extensive, ongoing training in public speaking, as I will be delivering speeches and conducting many professional leadership conferences and workshops throughout the year."

The National FFA Organization, founded in 1928, comprises more than 7,400 chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Its mission is to develop future consumers, workers, entrepreneurs, leaders and decision makers who will continue to strengthen the agricultural industry and connect students to careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

"I wouldn't be who I am or where I am today had it not been for my agricultural background and experience in FFA," said Wiedenfeld. "It is more important than ever before that all current and future policymakers know the issues involved in an industry that is so vital to our country's future success, especially as each generation moves further and further from production agriculture."

"This experience will provide me with the professional skills necessary to stand out from the crowd when I later pursue a career, while fulfilling my desire to give back to an organization that has given so much to me."

For more information, contact Noah Wiedenfeld at wiedennj@uwec.edu.

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