3 inducted into WI FFA Hall of Fame

Courtesy WI AgConnection
Inducted into the Wisconsin FFA Hall of Fame during the 88th Wisconsin State FFA Convention were (from left) Dr. Louis C.Arrington, Dr. Richard Daluge and David Erickson.

MADISON - Since its inception in 1995, induction into the Wisconsin FFA Hall of Fame has been an honor for those lucky enough to have their name added to the list.

This honor recognizes the leaders who have impacted the State FFA Association and have set an example of service for all FFA members to follow. A maximum of three individuals can be inducted each year.

This year's inductees are:

Louis C. Arrington - Dr. Louis Arrington was born in 1936 and was raised on a farm in central Maryland. He was active in both 4-H and FFA with his projects including poultry, dairy, garden, farm mechanics and home beautification. In 1953 he received his State FFA Degree. Dr. Arrington received his undergraduate degree in Poultry Science at the University of Maryland, he then earned his master’s degree at University of California-Davis and his Ph. D at Michigan State University. In 1966 he came to the UW-Madison and retired 32 years later. 20 years since his retirement, he continues to lend a hand at the UW.

During his career, Dr. Arrington authored informational bulletins and published scientific papers, worked with adjacent states to form the Midwest Poultry Federation, helped establish the Midwest Poultry Consortium and served on many poultry affiliated boards.

Dr. Arrington has served Wisconsin FFA generously in leading it forward. For 33 years he was the Superintendent of the state poultry judging contest, for 19 years he served on the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Sponsors Board and the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Board of Directors, and in 2004 he joined the prestigious Blue and Gold Society.

Dr. Richard Daluge - Dr. Richard Daluge was raised on a registered Holstein dairy farm near Janesville. He took an ag class his senior year at Janesville High School when a new ag teacher by the name of Mr. Bernie Staller was hired. After high school, Dr. Daluge went onto the UW-Madison to obtain his degree in Agriculture Education. After completing college he became the Buffalo County 4-H and Youth Agent. He returned to the UW-Madison as the Career Services Director and Recruitment Officer for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in 1973 and went onto complete his Masters and PhD degrees at the UW-Madison. He was later named Assistant Dean and Director of the Farm and Industry Short Course where he served until his retirement in 2008. During his 35 years at the UW-Madison, Dr. Daluge held leadership positions on boards including WALSAA, WI 4-H Foundation, UW Retirement Association, and UW Band Alumni Board.

After retirement from the UW-Madison, Dr. Daluge served as District Governor for Lions Club International in Southwest Wisconsin. In 2010 he accepted a position at the Lions Bank of Wisconsin, however, retirement from this position will occur later this summer.

Dr. Daluge has provided more than 38 years of service to Wisconsin FFA. He served on the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Board of Directors, has managed State FFA Career Development Events, judged state level FFA speaking, job interview and numerous other contests, and has recently joined the prestigious Blue and Gold Society.

David Erickson - David Erickson grew up on a dairy and hog farm near DeForest where he was an FFA member and received the Wisconsin State Farmer degree. Mr. Erickson went onto serve our country for 3 years in the US Army and then earned his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Agricultural Economics at UW-Platteville.

For the next 40 years he worked for Cooperative Network as Director of Member Services and Executive Director of the Federated Youth Foundation. Each year Mr. Erickson planned, developed and conducted 2 statewide conferences to help high school students understand cooperatives, develop leadership skills, discuss teen issues and discover career opportunities within agricultural and consumer cooperatives. In addition, he coordinated arrangements for Wisconsin youth to attend 2 national cooperative conferences. Mr. Erickson’s efforts resulted in teaching materials about cooperatives being used in many high schools.

In addition to his role at Cooperative Network, Mr. Erickson served on the Wisconsin Leadership Council on Agricultural Education and his leadership helped Wisconsin maintain two DPI consultant positions. He also served on the committee creating the Wisconsin Agricultural Education and Workforce Development Council.

Mr. Erickson has served Wisconsin FFA for 34 years. He was a member of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Sponsors Board, assisted with state officer candidate interviews, judged state level speaking contests, and coordinated fund raising efforts for the annual WAAE picnic.