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Emmons, Wells honored at state FFA convention
John Emmons, front, a former agriculture instructor, and Logan Wells, a Monroe High School graduate, were recently honored at the Wisconsin FFA convention in Madison. (Photo supplied)
MADISON - Two Monroe men received high honors at the 84th Wisconsin State Future Farmers of America Convention June 11-13 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

John Emmons, a former Monroe FFA advisor and agriculture instructor, was inducted into the Wisconsin FFA Hall of Fame.

Logan Wells, a Monroe High School graduate and FFA member, was elected Wisconsin's State FFA President for 2013-14.

"This is a huge accomplishment for both," Carmen Montgomery, Monroe High School's agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, noted after the convention. The honor and recognition are "being given to very deserving individuals," she added.

Emmons was one of three men inducted June 12 into the Wisconsin FFA Hall of Fame for 2013. A maximum of three individuals can be inducted each year.

Emmons served Monroe High School as FFA Advisor and Agricultural Educator for almost 30 years. He strongly encouraged FFA members to participate in the wide range of FFA activities available. He also assisted with degree and award applications and with preparations for career development events, in which FFA members demonstrate their knowledge and skills gained from classroom instruction, their Supervised Agricultural Experiences program and FFA activities.

Emmons is a graduate of Pardeeville High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators and the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

Over the years, he has received the Outstanding Young Educator award from Monroe Jaycees, Outstanding Conservation Award from Richland Watershed and Outstanding Service to Wisconsin Agriculture from UW-Madison. Emmons has also been recognized for his 25 years of service, generosity and dedication to the Apostolate to the Handicapped.

The FFA Hall of Fame provides permanent and significant recognition to special leaders who have impacted the State FFA Association and have set an example of service for all FFA members to follow. The program began in 1995.

Logan Wells of the Monroe FFA Chapter was elected president of Wisconsin State FFA by his outgoing officer team June 13. He will serve as the leader of the new officer team, which was elected June 12, and replaces Kayla Hack of the East Troy FFA. Wells served as the vice president of the State FFA from 2012-13.

Wells said his new position will require him and his team to travel farther and more often, advocating for agriculture and the agriculture industry. Among their many duties, they will be attending Farm Technology Days in Barron County, Wisconsin State Fair and National FFA Alumni Development Conference, which will be held in Green Bay, Wisconsin, this year.

Wells is not a born-and-raised farm kid; his father is an accountant and his mother, a financial secretary. He got his first taste of FFA when a high school FFA advisor invited him along to a land judging. The experience captured his attention, and he soon attended an FFA leadership conference. He gravitated toward forestry, after learning dairy production - and milking - was not quite to his liking. Wells said FFA is currently seeing a trend toward members who are not related to production agriculture.

Wells' other FFA activities and awards include chapter vice president and treasurer, State and National Proficiency winner (Forest Management); State Proficiency winner (Ag Sales); Chapter Star in agribusiness; Washington Leadership Conference; and National FFA Ag Exchange Seminar in Costa Rica.

Participating in the FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience program, Wells had the opportunity to create his own business or work with an existing operation to build career skills in forest management at the entrepreneurship level and in dairy production at the placement level.

Wells graduated from Monroe High School in 2011 and is majoring in forest science at UW-Madison. He was active in high school basketball; volunteered as a Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentor; is a National Honor Society member; and a Growmark essay contest runner-up. He runs a portable sawmill business for customized work.

A record 3,513 people attended this year's State FFA convention. Wisconsin has about 19,000 FFA members.

- Tere Dunlap and Wisconsin Ag