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Wieghat Graphics Play Essential Role in Texas Ag Education    
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | Author: Macie Harris, Texas FFA Spring Intern

Tyler and Laurie Wieghat build custom online solutions for small businesses and organizations, including the Texas FFA Association and the Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas.

Wieghat Graphics originated from Tyler’s time in the blue and gold. In 2004, the former Needville FFA member began looking for a Supervised Agricultural Experience and found a passion which would build a successful career. 

“In high school, I traveled around the Houston area scoring judging contest and designing websites,” Tyler said. “I continued the work while at Texas A&M University in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences running their servers and websites.”

Today, Wieghat Graphics is a full-service branding and custom software design company specializing in technology solutions for the agricultural and agricultural education industries. They are experts in web development, mobile apps, convention management, record keeping, and many other services. Their client list includes names like Arkansas FFA, Georgia FFA, and California FFA among others. 

“I built connections while at Texas A&M, then Texas FFA reached out after college graduation and I began my independent contract work with them,” said Tyler.

While Laurie did not participate in FFA while in high school, she quickly joined Tyler in the business venture after graduating from Texas Tech University with a degree in advertising. She brings visual aesthetics and creativity to the table.

“Laurie makes it look good, and I make it work,” said Tyler.

Wieghat Graphics plays the primary role in the online management and technical aspects of the Texas FFA Association and the Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas’ website and roster systems. 

“I hope we continue to be a partner with FFA and agriculture education and continue to find solutions for their needs,” said Tyler. 

They have been there for the past 10 years of technology evolution and growth. 

“Things that used to be a luxury are now mission-critical,” said Laurie. 

This past spring, the Texas FFA Association and the Agriculture Teachers of Texas were faced with the looming task of executing their annual convention and professional development conference in a world changed by COVID-19. Executive leadership turned to the Wieghat’s, with the added challenge of a three-month deadline. 

They delivered. 

The couple not only completely built the convention and conference websites from scratch but also played a significant role in filming and editing the various virtual general sessions alongside Texas FFA staff. They spent many hours preparing and executing the delegate election and business process and saw the distribution of more than 75 workshops for teachers.

The two events wouldn’t have been as successful without the duo on the Texas Team Ag Ed team.

“Watching your work being used is worth all the late nights and early mornings and infamous amount of coffee,” Laurie said. “I enjoy creating meaningful work.”

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