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Wisconsin Dairy News: Dado's FFA Family

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On the Dado's family farm, they're committed to their cows, and also the Wisconsin Association of FFA.

"The FFA organization was a chance to become more knowledgeable not only about agriculture but develop those skills which are needed to interact with the community beyond agriculture," said Rick Dado of Four Hands Holsteins in Amery, Wisconsin.

The Dado family's commitment to FFA dates back two generations.

"It is a legacy in our family," said Gwen Dado of Four Hands Holsteins. "My dad was a member of the FFA, my three siblings and myself, because of the fact of the opportunities it offers."

Not only was it a requirement for Gwen and her sisters, it's a requirement for the Dado children; who can attribute their successful careers to their participation in the state and national organizations.

"It's just not an option in our family to not be a participant," Gwen said. "And so our kids at first were reluctant about that, but I think all of them will admit that in the end it was a wonderful opportunity that opened a lot of avenues of success for them."

Their daughter Meikah, who is now a state officer in Wisconsin FFA, will admit that being a part of the FFA has opened doors for her future. She hopes to have a career in government focusing on trade or foreign policy.

"I grew up on my family's dairy farm, and because of that, I grew a love for the dairy industry," she said.

The organization focuses on leadership and communication skills as well as opening its arms to the whole community and showcasing the opportunities available in the agricultural field.

"There's also those other jobs that FFA prepares you for, whether it be in science, whether it be in law or government, FFA helps prepare you for that," Meikah said.

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