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WFBF members to serve on advisory committees

Three members of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Board have been named to American Farm Bureau’s Issue Advisory Committees. The 15 committees will meet in conjunction with the Advocacy Conference held in Washington, D.C. at the end of February.

Dave Daniels

Dave Daniels of Union Grove was selected to serve a two-year term on the farm policy committee. This committee discusses risk management, crop insurance, price and income support programs and conservation programs. Daniels is a dairy farmer and WFBF’s District 1 Director.

Joe Bragger

Joe Bragger of Independence was selected to serve a two-year term on the water committee. This committee covers Clean Water Act issues, national and regional water storage programs, Army Corps of Engineers water related efforts and flood control. Bragger is a dairy and poultry farmer and WFBF’s District 4 Director.

Dick Gorder was selected to serve a two-year term on the trade advisory committee in 2016 and selected chair of the committee in 2017. This committee discusses trade negotiations, enforcement of current agreements, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, trade promotion programs, non-tariff barriers to trade and works with AFBF’s trade team. Gorder is a dairy farmer and WFBF’s District 3 Director.

Dick Gorder

National Ag in the Classroom hired  Gaskalla

Lisa Gaskalla, executive director of Florida Agriculture in the Classroom for 13 years, has been named executive director of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO).

Gaskalla served as interim executive director of NAITCO while the organization conducted a national search to fill the position in 2016. Before that, she served as president of the organization in 2014-15, and hosted a National Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference in Florida in 2011.

Lisa Gaskalla

Zinpro Corp adds new research associate

Zinpro Corporation announced that Kathryn Ritz has joined the company in a new position as research associate.

Ritz will help to organize and implement research studies that assess potential new-product efficacy, review and summarize literature to determine areas where Zinpro Corporation should explore new products, and assist research chemists to screen compounds to assess efficacy.

Ritz earned a master’s degree in animal science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, with an emphasis in dairy nutrition and management. She earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kathryn Ritz

Krapfl Joins ANIMART as global sales support

Amanda Krapfl has joined the Global Sales department of the dairy and livestock division at ANIMART, LLC .

Krapfl’s hire rounds out a newly structured Global Sales Team.  She will work with other team members to support the success and unique needs of international customers.

Amanda Krapfl

Krapfl grew up in Lomira, Wisconsin with a love for animals that goes back to when she was just a little girl.  Her passion led her to show horses and participate in FFA during high school. She then went on to attend the UW-River Falls and graduated with a degree in Animal Science.

Dairy cooperative adds member services representatives

Elizabeth Kempel and Jill Uhe have joined the Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative as member services representatives.

Kempel and Uhe will help the co-op expand services to members, including recruitment and member engagement, and will also support farmers within the new Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance.

Elizabeth Kempel

Kempel and Uhe will work directly with DBMMC members to provide on-farm support and information. They will also assist with implementation programs as part of the alliance, a diverse group of partners working to ensure continuous improvement at all touchpoints in the production of dairy foods.

Both have extensive, established relationships in the dairy community and involvement in a variety of activities that will bring added value to members. Kempel brings on-farm sales experience, relationship management skills and a passion for customer service to the organization.

Jill Uhe

Uhe has strong customer service and program management skills, extensive on-farm experience and a passion for helping farmers.

She was most recently an assistant vice president at Badgerland Financial in Janesville, Wis. Kempel has also been with Semex USA and Farm Credit Services of Mid-America. She was raised on a dairy farm in southern Indiana and holds a degree in agricultural sales and marketing with a minor in animal science from Purdue University.

Shaw joins AgDNA management team

The rapid adoption of digital farm management services has resulted in the expansion of AgDNA’s sales team into the mid-west where the company’s sales growth is accelerating. Bret Shaw has been appointed as the National Sales Manager based in Des Moines, IA.

In the newly created role Bret will use his wealth of industry experience managing precision ag digital solutions to expand the company’s product sales and distribution channel.

Bret Shaw

Responsible for managing the sales growth via the company’s national dealer network, the new AgDNA National Sales Manager will be on the front lines alongside growers, equipment dealers and agribusinesses as they kick-off the 2017 season