Ag Faces in the Crowd - UC announces new hires

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United Coop hires new staff

United Cooperative is pleased to announce new staff members Scott Firlus and Eric Smith.

Scott Firlus, Mauston, was named Westfield/Hillsboro Operations Manager in September. He previously was the director of agronomy at Allied Cooperative, Adams, where he had worked since 2002. Firlus earned a BS degree in Agronomy from University of Wisconsin - River Falls, and was a recent graduate of the CHS Future Forty program through the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

In November, Eric Smith, Fremont, was named Master Agronomist, Central Wisconsin Territory for United Cooperative. Eric’s previous experience was as northern area seed and agronomy lead for Insight FS, Jefferson. He also served as a territory agronomist for Monsanto, and was a seed sales agronomist for Larsen Co-op, New London. Smith has a BS in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

“By adding Scott and Eric to the United Cooperative team, we will be providing additional knowledge and skills to benefit our farmer/owners, specifically in the respective areas where they will serve,” said David Cramer, United Cooperative President and CEO. “Our talented staff is one of the many reasons our cooperative is able to stay competitive and profitable, as well as add value to the more than 30 locations where we do business in Wisconsin,” he added.


AFB endorses Pruitt for EPA

The American Farm Bureau Federation has formally endorsed the nomination of Scott Pruitt as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. AFBF President Zippy Duvall called Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general, “an ideal nominee” who “has profound respect for the laws written by Congress.”

Scott Pruitt

Duvall today conveyed that endorsement in a letter to Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.). In the letter, Duvall cited Pruitt’s contesting of the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule when he defended “the bipartisan view of Congress that the agency has illegally overstepped its bounds and ignored the U.S. Supreme Court.”

The letter also referenced Pruitt’s work to defend Congress regarding the Clean Power Plan and cap-and-trade provisions, in which the nominee soundly took the view “that Congress has not authorized the sweeping attempt by EPA to coerce action by the states.