Welcome to the Sauk Prairie High School Agricultural Education Department.  Our program is excited to have two instructors committed to ensuring the next generations of agriculturists are prepared for an ever changing industry.

Mr. Talford

My name is Troy Talford and I am an instructor at the High School. I am originally from Durand, Wisconsin (near Eau Claire) and went to college at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls (UW-RF). My degree is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education. During my time at UW-RF I also served as a State FFA Vice President (2001-2002).  In 2014 I was honored to have been named a Career and Technical Education National Board Certified Teacher.

As a part of my college career I spent one semester student teaching in the Holmen High School under Mr. Roger King. Through my experiences there, I hope to bring new ideas and activities to the curriculum here at the Sauk Prairie High School.

My parents are Steve & Linda and I have a sister, Becky, and a charming niece, Briella. Much to people’s surprise, I never lived on a farm while growing up, but I am only one generation removed from dairy farming on both sides of my family. I do consider myself closely related to the agricultural industry as I have worked on my uncle’s dairy farm. I have also enjoyed helping my friends back home with their dairy production, sweet corn production, and maple syrup production. Making maple syrup has been, by far, the most rewarding experience for me. The process of making the syrup is one that allows you to work with others, enjoy nature, and see “sweet” results.

I look forward to working in the Sauk Prairie School District and encourage any and all community members to check out this website for updated information regarding our program and activities.


Mrs. Ladsten

My name is Sally Ladsten and I teach both Agriculture and Biology at the High School.  I was born and raised in the Sauk Prairie community and, following graduation from Sauk Prairie High School, I went on to college at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to serve as a Wisconsin FFA State Vice President (2014-2015) and State FFA President (2015-2016).

In the fall of 2018 I married Mark Ladsten.  Together we have both been actively involved in the FFA Alumni at the local, state, and national level.  Mark and I have shared similar interests in agriculture growing up.  For me, I grew up near my family’s crop, beef, and hog farm and eventually started a small swine operation of my own in school as my Supervised Agricultural Experience.  In addition to working with pigs, I was able to work with the beef industry in both raising and showing steers.  My parents are the late Brent Albers and Kim and Terry Adler.  I also have two siblings: Sarah and Lane.

While in college, I was able to work in two different internship roles.  I was able to work for ANIMART, LLC. as an Inside Sales intern selling a variety of animal products primarily dealing with dairy animals.  Following my time at ANIMART, LLC. I worked for Syngenta in the Crop Protection department as a Research Assistant.  In this role I assisted with the maintenance and rating of trials, as well as the handling of data.  I primarily worked with soybeans, corn, potatoes, and cabbage.  My time working for Syngenta has been one of the most rewarding experiences for me as it allowed me to bring agriculture and science all into one place, which is something I hope to do for my students in both biology and agriculture classes.

I am ecstatic to work in the Sauk Prairie School District and can’t wait to work with students to bring the Life Sciences to life!

Don’t forget: ANYONE CAN BECOME AN FFA ALUMNI MEMBER!!!  If you would like to become a supporter of the Agricultural Education Program, you can contact us by email at troy.talford@saukprairieschools.org / sally.ladsten@saukprairieschools.org or by phone at 608-643-5960.