WI retired and 20+ ag teachers recognized

Wisconsin State Farmer

Wisconsin retired and 20+ year agricultural education teachers will join the active members of the Wisconsin Association of Agriculture Educators (WAAE) for Centennial Celebration of the Smith-Hughes Vocational Education Act during a Luncheon, Wednesday, June 28 at the annual Professional Development Conference at Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton.

Agricultural education has always included the application of math, science and other disciplines. The Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 prepared people for progress in agriculture.

The retiree 20 Year Club members will meet at 11 a.m. for a brief meeting and recognition of new members and to pay tribute to those who have passed on.

The luncheon and special program will feature retired extension agent and author Jerry Apps who will focus on our agricultural heritage and the accomplishments of the ag education profession.

Luncheon tickets for retirees and guests are $25 per person. Reservations should be made by May 25. The reservation form is available online at or by contacting Nicole Nelson, Executive Director, PO Box 935,  East Troy, WI 53120 or call 262-470-8369.

Members may also purchase a copy of “A History of Vocational Agriculture in Wisconsin” for an additional $25. Originally written by Floyd Doering and updated recently by David Laatsch, Brenda Scheil and many other contributors, the book tells the story of Wisconsin agricultural education, starting at the beginning of the 20th century.

Ordering the book with reservations will allow for pickup at the luncheon. For and additional $5, the book will be mailed to those unable to attend.