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Mrs. Gena Lilienthal, Agriculture Education Instructor



Greetings from the Agricultural Science Department.  I am Mrs. Lilienthal, the FFA advisor and instructor for the South Central Minn. Agricultural Science Academy.  

About the academy:  The South Central Minnesota Agricultural Science Academy is named as such because, although located within Saint Peter High School, the courses are also offered to students enrolled in Cleveland, Saint Clair, LeSueur-Henderson, and Nicollet public schools.  Many of the classes also have out of class lab components, making the academy unique compared to a traditional classroom.  The academy started in 2011 and offers the following courses:  Principles of Animal Science, Principles of Plant Science, Agricultural Business, University of Minnesota College in the Schools Intro to Animal Science, and Introduction to Agricultural Education.  

About me:  I was raised on a family dairy farm in north western Wisconsin.  I attended the University of Wisconsin-Rivers Falls earning a BS degree in marketing communications with an emphasis in agriculture, and a minor in agricultural business.  During my sophomore and junior years of college I served as Wisconsin FFA State Vice President followed by State President.  While serving the FFA, I grew to greatly enjoy working with students and spending time in the classroom. Upon college graduation I returned to school to earn my teaching certificate in agricultural education through the UWRF masters program.  Prior to teaching I worked for CHS Inc., CHS Foundation, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection.  Today my husband and I have a livestock and crop farm near Arlington, Minn.  

About the FFA:  Students enrolled in the program are encouraged to join our FFA.  The FFA is a national intercurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. Membership can start in 8th grade and continue through college.  Although the letters traditional stood for Future Farmers of America, today we simply use the acronym.  The organization is open to any student with any career interest.  We focus on premiere leadership, personal growth, and career success.  A few events that our members look forward to every year are:  Ag Day with Kindergarten, attending National FFA Convention, taking part in career development judging competitions, and helping with local service projects.

Please feel free to contact me for more information about the academy and FFA chapter.