On December 5, Jeff Hicken received the ‘Distinguished Service to Wisconsin Agriculture’ award posthumously for his outstanding contributions to Wisconsin’s agricultural industry during the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells.
“Jeff was knowledgeable and generous in his work on behalf of Wisconsin’s agricultural educators,” said WFBF President Kevin Krentz. “Thank you, Jeff for your leadership to agricultural education and the FFA. You are missed and your legacy will impact the agriculture community for years to come.”
A former member of the Lomira FFA and former Wisconsin FFA State Sentinel, Jeff was a UW-River Falls graduate who started his career at Sauk Prairie High School as the agricultural education instructor.
In 2006, Jeff started his service at the state level as the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education Consultant and State FFA Advisor with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, a position he held until his passing.
Jeff’s legacy includes his family, his impact on agricultural education and FFA, and his service to many coalitions, committees, and boards.
“Jeff had a heart for service and participated in numerous coalitions, committees and boards including the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Board of Directors, National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees, National Association of State Supervisors of Agriculture Education Board of Directors, AgrAbility of Wisconsin Advisory Council, and School for Agricultural and Environmental Studies Foundation Board,” said nominator Joe Bragger. “Jeff is extremely deserving of this award.”