Farm Bureau appoints new committee members
Katie Roth of Lafayette County, Lynn Dickman of Waushara County and Kay Gilbertson of Dunn County have been appointed to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Committee by the Farm Bureau’s state Board of Directors. Their terms begin at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting and Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference, December 2-5, in Wisconsin Dells.
Roth grew up in Darlington on her family’s 330-cow dairy farm. Married in early 2016, Katie works on her husband’s farm Banner Ridge Farms, LLC, as the herdsperson in addition to serving as a program technician for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Grant County. She has served a variety of roles in her county Farm Bureau including Young Farmer and Agriculturist chair, secretary and Ag in the Classroom co-Chair. She has also graduated from Wisconsin Farm Bureau Leadership Institute and the American Farm Bureau Women’s Communications Boot Camp.
Dickman is a research agronomist at Heartland Farms, Inc., a nearly 8,000-acre farm growing potatoes specifically for potato chips near Hancock. Dickman grew up on a dairy farm in Argyle and was active in 4-H and FFA. She is the Waushara County Farm Bureau YFA chair, president of the Tri-County FFA Alumni, a member of the Stevens Point Curling Club and City Band and a board member for Meals on Wheels. Lynn was a member of Farm Bureau Institute Class VIII.
Gilbertson lives in Elk Mound with her husband, Kevin and their three children. Along with Farm Bureau they are members of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin.The couple manage Gilbertson Farms in partnership with Kevin’s family. They milk 475 cows and farm 1,900 acres. Kay is the general leader of Elk Meadow 4-H Club, Sunday School superintendent at her church and the Dunn County Ag in the Classroom coordinator.
The Promotion and Education Committee, which replaced the state’s women committee in 2015, is a group of nine leaders who represent the nine Wisconsin Farm Bureau districts. Committee members develop, implement and promote projects and programs which build awareness and understanding of agriculture and provide leadership development for the agricultural community.
Coulson joins Merck Animal Health
Kelly Coulson has joined Merck Animal Health as Swine Marketing Manager, U.S. Food Animal Marketing. With nearly two decades of sales and retail experience and 15 years of diverse livestock production knowledge, Kelly brings an extensive background in solution selling, husbandry training and customer service.
Coulson is formerly of Zoetis as a territory business manager for the company’s pork business. He also has considerable experience educating and training producers and caregivers about early disease recognition and intervention, treatment protocols and responsible use of antibiotics.
Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition Sales Team hires Schwytzer
Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition announced that Andy Schwytzer has joined its team and will serve as Account Manager, Ruminant Enterprise Sales in the Eastern Region.
Schwyter spent nine years with Elanco Animal Health where he successfully grew the portfolio of products. He was a sales lead and coordinated teams that supported businesses including several large U.S. commercial dairy operations. In addition, Andy has six years of sales and nutrition experience as a dairy specialist with Land O’Lakes and Agway.
WEST DES MOINES, IA
Farmers National Company Recognizes Appraiser
Joel Ambrose recently earned his certified general appraiser certification (CGA). Ambrose is an appraiser and auctioneer with Farmers National Company.
In order to receive his CGA, Ambrose had to study for three years under the tutelage of a supervisory appraiser, spend 300 hours in the classroom learning the trade, pass an examination and then present demonstration appraisals. Ambrose is now one of more than 20 certified general appraisers at Farmers National Company.
Ambrose serves landowners in Iowa and earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University. He specializes in not just real estate appraisals, but also real estate land auctions, equipment auctions and fundraising auctions.