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February 21
Michelle Backhaus: FFA teaches life-long skills

In recognition of National FFA Week, we asked some GreenStone team members how their FFA experience guided their career path. Watch for their stories here this week.​ 

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​Through my FFA experiences, I learned I really enjoy working with others helping them be successful and reach their dreams. My involvement in FFA included numerous speaking contests on many different levels.  

I also competed in the proficiency award competition at the local, state and national level. A highlight of my time in FFA was participating in a 10-day travel seminar to Costa Rica. Through all of these experiences, I learned how to communicate with a variety of people, work with different farm operations and capture an array of knowledge about agriculture.  

All the activities I participated in FFA have developed into numerous skills I continue to use today in my career and volunteering in agricultural organizations. I participate in many public speaking events on behalf of GreenStone. My experiences help me be able to communicate with our customers and work through a variety of different situations with them.  I also use my knowledge in parliamentary procedure when I work with local agricultural organizations. 

I am very grateful for the experiences I have had in FFA – they provided me a solid foundation for my career and other activities I participate in today.

Michelle Backhaus is a senior financial services officer in the Little Chute branch. 

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