“I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds…”

So begins a creed, and a vision, laid out by CALS alumnus and professor Erwin Milton Tiffany nearly 90 years ago at the third annual convention of the Future Farmers of America.

Since that day in 1930, the words of the creed have been instilled in nearly every FFA member during his or her first year in the organization. Now, Tiffany’s vision is memorialized in a plaque hanging in Agricultural Hall.

At a ceremony held Feb. 21, Dean Kate VandenBosch gathered with Wisconsin FFA officers and leaders to dedicate the plaque, which hangs in the Office of Academic Affairs.

Tiffany earned his master’s degree in Agricultural Education from UW–Madison in 1920, then joined the faculty as he worked to educate vocational agriculture teachers. He often traveled the state to speak with agriculture teachers. Now, his venerable words will be forever present on the CALS campus.

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