Ag Faces in the Crowd: Biggs is state conservationist

Wisconsin State Farmer


Newsmakers in the agricultural world

Equity directors elected

Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association held its regional board of director’s elections at its four of its ten annual district meetings in March.

Dan Leischer, Neosho, Wisconsin; Pete Kleiman, Wilson, Michigan; Karl Merow, Sparta, Wisconsin; and Adam Quandahl, Waukon, Iowa; were elected to represent districts I, IV, VII, and X, respectively, for the cooperative.


Dan Leischer

In an April reorganizational board meeting held earlier this week, the following individuals were elected to serve in additional board positions: Norm Fruit, chairman of the board; Les Danielson, vice chairman of the board; Steve Schleis, secretary/treasurer; and Dave Wilke, assistant secretary/treasurer.

Equity operates 14 locations and services producers in IL, IA, MI, MN, SD and WI.


Karl Merow

Heinemann joins DATCP

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced that Jack Heinemann has joined the agency as director of the International Agribusiness Center, a bureau of DATCP’s Division of Agricultural Development.

With more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles in business and partnership development, both domestically and abroad, Heinemann will lead a staff of economic development consultants whose job is to provide education, technical assistance and support to help Wisconsin farms and agribusinesses reach new international markets.


Jack Heinemann

Heinemann most recently served as the executive director of the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium, a non-profit organization that works with University of Wisconsin researchers, government agencies, defense contractors, and business interests dedicated to developing cyber-security research in Wisconsin.

Legacy Seeds announces appointments, hires

Legacy Seeds announced the appointment of Greg Williams as new Chief Financial Officer and Loren Jesch as new sales manager and coach.

Williams’ previous work experience includes being Director of Finance at Associated Banc-Corp where he held several Vice-President roles in accounting and finance. Furthermore, Greg was a Senior Tax Accountant at Grant Thorton LLP.

Prior to joining Legacy Seeds, Loren has held various positions in seed and agronomy in ND and WI.


Megan Kelly

Kelly joins Rock River Laboratory

Megan Kelly has been hired by Rock River Laboratory to serve as a Nutrition Analytic Consultant and Rock River Laboratory-Ohio manager.

In her new position, Kelly will manage the day-to-day quality analysis of all samples passing through the Rock River Laboratory-Ohio facility while building relationships and sharing insights for success with Northeastern and Midwestern U.S.-based nutritionists.

NCGA, USGC welcomes back Byrd

Larry Byrd will rejoin NCGA and the Council in Washington this week as the receptionist and administrative assistant. In this capacity, Byrd will serve as the first point of contact for visitors and callers, as well as greet and direct guests to the appropriate staff members and assist them with office projects.

Prior to NCGA and the Council, Byrd worked for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company as an agribusiness underwriting intern. In this position, he helped the organization identify various industry opportunities for growth and research.


Angela Biggs

Biggs is new state conservationist

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Wisconsin has tapped Angela Biggs as its new State Conservationist. Biggs will oversee 55 local NRCS Service Centers across the state and over 200 employees, who work with local farmers and landowners directly in those USDA Service Centers.

Biggs replaces Jimmy Bramblett, who is currently NRCS Deputy Chief for Programs in Washington, D.C. Biggs is the tenth State Conservationist to serve Wisconsin since the agency began in 1935.


Dawn Dommisse

Dommisse new hire at World Dairy Expo

Dawn Dommisse  is the new Administrative Services Manager  for World Dairy Expo. Dommisse’s responsibilities include assisting the General Manager, coordinating corporate board and committee meetings, overseeing volunteer coordination and databases and managing daily operations of the Expo office and the annual event.

Dommisse joins the WDE team with nearly three decades of experience as an administrative professional. Spending most of her career in the credit union industry working with project management, databases, event and travel planning and volunteer coordination, she has experience working with thousands of attendees and volunteers.


Kevin Wundrow

Wundrow retires from Keller

KELLER, Inc., a Design/Build General Contractor with offices in the Fox Cities, Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau announced the retirement of Kevin Wundrow.

Wundrow has been an employee owner at Keller for 39 years.  At the age of 19 he started working on one of Keller’s building crews and within a few years was promoted to an Estimator.