New 'Blue & Gold' Society Members Inducted
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation has announced that four of its largest contributors have qualified for the 'Blue and Gold Society' for their generous support of agriculture education.
Joan and Dennis Behr live in Madison, where they met while attending college. Joan grew up on a dairy and hog farm near Waukon, Iowa. She attended Iowa State University and has been a communications professional in the dairy industry since 1980. Most recently, she retired as a communications executive from Foremost Farms USA after a 32-year career with the cooperative. Dennis was the son of a southern Minnesota sharecropper who raised dairy, hogs and chickens. The Bahrs have seen first-hand the positive impact FFA has on young people who are interested in agriculture and leadership development. Their decision to be part of the Blue & Gold Society is their small way of nurturing the talent and knowledge that it will take to feed the world, develop new products and markets, and implement new technology that advances agriculture.
Jerry Steiner has enjoyed a 40 year career in the agriculture industry, and it all started with FFA through his service as the 1978-79 Wisconsin Vice President from the New Holstein Chapter. After finishing his degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Washington University, He began a 30 year term at Monsanto, eventually serving as the company’s Executive Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs. Currently, Steiner is CEO of agricultural startup CoverCress Inc. In addition, he is a trustee of the Keystone Policy Center focused on education, health policy, and the environment. And, founder of Field to Market, an alliance seeking sustainable outcomes for agriculture. Mr. Steiner also serves on the Board of the national AGR Foundation.
Paul Gross of London, Ohio hasn’t forgot his roots in Wisconsin or the FFA. He was a member of the Johnson Creek FFA chapter as well as a member of the 1989-90 state officer team led by Amber Vickers Keller, the state's first female president. Today, Paul and his wife Kirsten live in central Ohio with their family of four children. They own several thousand acres of ground and actively raise beef cattle to keep their kids grounded and develop the solid work ethic that can only come from agriculture.
The prestigious Blue and Gold Society began in 2001 and currently includes 36 members.
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