Four individuals have been selected as Wisconsin Farm Bureau's Excellence in Ag Finalists and will compete in December for the top honor.
The Excellence in Ag award recognizes members of Farm Bureau's Young Farmer and Agriculturist Program who excel in their involvement in agriculture, leadership abilities, involvement in Farm Bureau and other civic and service organizations.
"Four outstanding agriculture advocates are finalists in this year's state competition. This contest highlights how these fine individuals have positively impacted Wisconsin agriculture and inspire others do the same," said the Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Jim Holte.
This year's final four are:
• Michael and Susan Brugger, Taylor County;
• Nicole Reese, Rock County;
• Beth Porior Schaefer, Marathon County; and
• Christy Strobel, Jefferson County.
Excellence in Ag award applicants must derive a majority of their income from a non-production agribusiness enterprise for the past three years.
Examples of occupations of past finalists include: agricultural education instructor, fertilizer salesperson, veterinarian, farm employee, agricultural writer and marketer.
The Young Farmer and Agriculturist program is open to Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18-35.
Each finalist must make a PowerPoint presentation and answer questions in front of a three-judge panel during the Farm Bureau's 2013 Annual Meeting/Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Dec. 6-9.
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation (WFBF) co-sponsors this contest with GROWMARK Inc. and Rural Mutual Insurance Company.
Information and applications for all YFA contests may be downloaded from WFBF's website, www.wfbf.com.
All applicants receive a $50 FAST STOP gift card from GROWMARK Inc.
This year's state winner competes at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 2014 Annual Meeting, Jan. 11-14, 2014, in San Antonio, TX.
In addition, Rural Mutual Insurance Company provides a free financial plan for the state winner and GROWMARK, Inc. provides the state winner with a $250 FAST STOP gift card.
Last year's Excellence in Ag winner was Jenny Dierickx of Dane County.