Ag Faces in the Crowd: Prelle to head Fleet Farm

Wisconsin State Farmer


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WFBF hires Boe and Olson

Steve Boe has been hired as the Director of Local Affairs for Wisconsin Farm Bureau. In this newly-created position, Boe will work with county Farm Bureaus to respond to local ordinances and issues and assist in conducting meetings to inform local governmental officials about agriculture within their county.

Cassie Olson will replace Boe as the new district coordinator in west-central Wisconsin. Olson will be responsible for working with county Farm Bureaus to develop and implement programs to serve Farm Bureau members.

CRI CEO announces retirement

Doug Wilson, CEO of Cooperative Resources International (CRI), will retire from the agricultural holding cooperative in August. Wilson has spent 49 years in the A.I. industry, of which 39 were with CRI. Early in his career, he worked in cattle genetics and came to GENEX, part of CRI, as the vice president of genetic programs. Later, he took on the role of leading GENEX domestic marketing as well. In 1993, Wilson was named COO of GENEX. Then, in March 2002, he was named CEO of CRI.

Anderson joins DBMMC

Abigail Anderson has joined the Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative as a member services representative. Anderson will help the co-op provide and expand services to members through recruitment and member engagement and will also support farmers within the new Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance.

She will also provide members with on-farm support and information. She will also assist with implementation programs as part of the alliance.

Debertin is President, CEO of CHS Inc.

The nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, announced that its board of directors has elected Jay D. Debertin as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of CHS.

Debertin succeeds Carl Casale, who led CHS during record performance levels and expansion. Debertin previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for the company's energy operations and processing food ingredients business. He joined CHS in 1984 and has held a variety of leadership positions within the company.

Students Welcomed as GENEX Interns

Nine students throughout the U.S. are completing summer internships within the dairy marketing department at GENEX, a cattle genetics organization headquartered in Shawano, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin interns include: Sydney Brooks of Waupaca; Travis Franks of Luxemburg; Randall Kubesh of Rhinelander; Gabe Gullicksrud of Eleva and Jake Brokish of Dodgeville.

Within the internship program, students work alongside GENEX employees on members’ dairies. The internship provides hands-on experience and teaches students about the cattle genetics and reproduction services offered by GENEX.

Mills Fleet Farm appoints Prelle

Mills Fleet Farm announced the appointment of Derick Prelle as President and CEO, succeeding Wayne Sales, who has been serving as Interim CEO since January 2017.

Derick Prelle joins Mills Fleet Farm from KKR Capstone where, as Managing Partner - Americas, he ran KKR Capstone’s Retail and Consumer Operations Group over the past decade.

Sales will return to Mills Fleet Farm’s Board of Directors and serve as a Special Advisor to the company’s management team.

Groff Joins ANIMART

ANIMART has added Nicole Groff to their Northeast Sales team, located in Manchester, PA. The dairy and livestock division of ANIMART provides animal health products, supplies and solutions to producers. As a member of the Inside Sales Team, Groff will work with producers and Territory Managers to build and maintain customer relationships.

RWDCA welcomes Greidanus

Katie Greidanus will serve as a summer intern for RWDCA. Greidanus hails from Delavan, WI, and has helped the family raise Red and White Holsteins and has shown them at local, state and national shows.

As she takes on the summer internship with the National Red and White Dairy Cattle Association she is eager to meet new people, but also to represent and promote the Red and White dairy industry at various events.

Styer and Seiler named Summer Interns

Krista Styer of Menomonie and Jill Seiler of Valley Center, KS, will serve as summer interns for the Wisconsin Holstein Association. Krista and Jill will be based out of the office in Baraboo.

During the summer, Krista and Jill will serve in public relations and communications roles. Krista's main responsibility will be the planning and coordination of the 2017 WHA Futurity in West Allis, while Jill will aid with transition to a new website, gathering articles and content for the Wisconsin Holstein News and the coordination of the WHA Picnic.

In addition, they will work with the Wisconsin Holstein staff to create content for the website, e-newsletter and blog, as well as attend various shows, meetings and events throughout the state to benefit the association.