Eighth-grade students at the Waupaca Middle School learned about various careers in the agricultural industry Friday, Dec. 5.
Waupaca FFA members and eighth grade teachers organized Agriculture Career Day.
Dr. Ellen Hooker, a regional veterinarian for the state of Wisconsin, taught students about several major bovine organs. Students had the opportunity to observe and touch the organs and the reproductive tract. They also observed multiple corpses of fetuses in uteruses.
Robert Forseth, an attorney, spoke about the many different aspects of agricultural law that he has dealt with throughout his years in practice. He informed students of his journey to become a lawyer with animated stories and informational advice.
Jerald Hudziak, an auctioneer, demonstrated how an auction is performed and allowed students to be auctioneers.
Zoe Brooks, Alice in Dairyland, talked about how agriculture impacts numerous careers in the state economy, commodities, and products.
James Dietzler, from the Premier Community Bank, informed the students about agricultural loans, budgeting money and commodity input cost.
Conservationist Corey Schuelke discussed a variety of jobs and tasks he is responsible for to help keep the state’s environment clean.
Ron Brooks, a dairy and crop farmer, gave a presentation on how his family plants, harvests and distributes their corn. He showed the students a video about how the GPS tractors operate.
Kerry Danley, a food scientist at Sturm Foods, talked about how she became involved in the business of producing foods. She allowed students to create a drink mix from scratch and sample it.
Tyler Sailsbery, a chef and owner of the Black Sheep Restaurant in Whitewater, explained how he got into the business of creating food and the challenges involved with owning restaurants. He described the different kinds of herbs he uses in recipes and how they contribute to the taste of food items.
Elisha Riley is the Waupaca FFA reporter.