Ag Faces in the Crowd
Keown-Bomar hired as WFU Executive Director
Wisconsin Farmers Union welcomed Julie Keown-Bomar as executive director. Keown-Bomar served in UW-Extension roles since 2005, including as a family living educator, Northwest Wisconsin regional director and, most recently, as co-director for Wisconsin's State 4-H program.
"Julie has a breadth of experience in administration and program development," said retiring Executive Director Tom Quinn. "She has a strong commitment to our WFU values and looks forward to a position that allows her to advocate them."
Keown-Bomar says she has long been a supporter of WFU’s progressive, grassroots approach to sustain family farms, protect land and water and create fair policies. She began her duties on June 18.
Mauer receives Scholarship
The Manitowoc County Farm Progress Days Scholarship Committee has awarded the 1000 Manitowoc County Farm Progress Days Donald R. Peterson Scholarship to Kelsey Maurer, daughter of Julie and Rick Maurer, Newton.
Mauer is a recent graduate of Kiel High School and has been accepted at UW-Madison where she plans to major in Dairy Science.
Sabo is Genetic Consultant of the Year
Bob Sabo of Green Bay has been named 2018 Select Mating Service genetic consultant of the year by Select Sires. He was at the 2018 SMS Conference among more than 115 genetic consultants and support staff from the United States, Canada and Brazil.
This national award is presented annually to a genetic consultant who exemplifies the qualities that make SMS known throughout the world as the premier mating program in the industry. Sabo began his career as an SMS genetic consultant at NorthStar Cooperative.
FarmFirst Dairy coop welcomes Lund
Betty Lund is the newest member of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative’s Member Services Team. She brings over 24 years of experience working with dairy farmers to FarmFirst, having worked as a field representative previously for DFA and Grassland Dairy Products
Lund began in her new role on May 1, serving dairy farmers in Northwest Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and Western Iowa. FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative also congratulates Denny Pank on his retirement after 52 in the dairy industry.
Nash appointed to YFA committee
Bob Nash of Ozaukee County has been appointed to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist (YFA) Committee by the organization’s Board of Directors. His term began on July 1 and he will serve until December 2019.
Nash is the Ozaukee County YFA co-chair. He organizes a three-month winter volleyball league each year, along with other member events throughout the county. He helps with member recruitment and at the county fair food stand. In the past he has participated in the Farm Bureau Discussion Meet at the district and state level.
The WFBF YFA Committee consists of nine couples or individuals (ages 18-35) from across the state. Its goal is to get more young farmers and agriculturists acquainted with and involved in Farm Bureau. They carry out a variety of statewide initiatives, such as conferences, contests and award programs.
Organic Valley officials appointed to national board
Lewis R. Goldstein and Gregory Schwarz of Organic Valley have been appointed to the USDA’s National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board. Schwarz was chosen to serve as the Region 8 director on the board, while Goldstein will fill an at-large processor seat.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of 10 members to fill vacancies on the board that represents a cross section of the fluid milk processing industry. Schwarz and Goldstein will begin serving his three-year term on July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2021.
The board was established by the Fluid Milk Promotion Act of 1990 to develop and administer a coordinated program of advertising and promotion to increase the demand for fluid milk products.
New Healthy Soil-Healthy Water intern onboard
Cassie Strauss is the new Healthy Soil-Health Water (HSHW) Intern for the 2018 planting season. Strauss will be helping the University of Wisconsin Extension and Dodge County team focusing on improving the soil and water quality of the Upper Rock River Watershed.
As an intern, Strauss will be helping Dr. Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing fulfill the obligations of the Dodge County 2018 Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grant. Some of her duties will include assisting collect data for the grant’s on-farm cover crop research trails, visiting with producers; and assisting implement the grants’ cover crop cost-share incentive program available for anyone who farms land in Dodge County.
She will also assist the Dodge County Farmers for HSHW with their upcoming August 3rd 2018 field day (at the Hammer-Kavazanjian Farm east of Beaver Dam), the October field tours of on-farm trials (TBA), and other educational events.
Krull wins McKown scholarship
Carly Krull of Lake Mills, WI, is the recipient of the McKown Scholarship. This scholarship is presented annually to students in their first, second, or third year at a two-year or four-year college or university in the United States or Canada majoring in dairy science, animal science, agri-business, or other related majors that will develop the skills needed to pursue a career in the dairy industry.
Krull is a junior at Iowa State University studying dairy science and international agriculture. After college, she would like to work with dairy reproduction, animal health, or farm management.
CHS Larsen Coop awards scholarships
CHS Larsen Cooperative has awarded $13,000 in scholarships. Scholarships are offered to graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled post high school education. Students receiving scholarships are: Bailey Adams of Stevens Point; Jenna Breitenfeldt of Wausau East; Jason Ebert of Clintonville; Madeline Egan of Omro; Paige Hein of Seymour; Kelsey Potratz of Omro; Sarah Rohm of Seymour; Megan Schuh of Freedom; Zachary Sievert of Pulaski; Brett Van Dyck of Appleton; Matt Verhasselt of Freedom; Jacob Viergutz of Clintonville and Colin Wussow of Bonduel.
Cox and Gudex take top honors EC/SS banquet
Kevin Cox of Sparta and Eric Gudex of Oakfield earned top recognition during the East Central/Select Sires employee awards banquet. Cox was awarded area sales manager (ASM) of the year, with Dan Esch, Dodgeville, recognized as runner-up. Eric Gudex, Oakfield, defended his title as member service representative (MSR) of the year. Gudex was also honored for personal total service volume, area total service volume, area direct-herd and insemination/direct-herd unit volume, and area total unit volume.
Bob Boatman and Matt Kieler of Hazel Green was recognized for exceeding 200,000 and 175,000 artificial insemination (A.I.) services, respectively. Boatman, Jay Ludeman, Glen Stewart and Harvey Stieve, were recognized for 35 years of service.
Law firm honored
Twohig, Rietbrock, Schneider & Halbach, S.C. was the recipient the 2018 Manitowoc County UW-Ag Alumni Association Distinguished Agricultural Leader Award. The Twohig, Rietbrock, Schneider & Halbach, S.C. law firm has donated countless hours of legal advice for non-profit entities over the years. One of the most recent and prominent pro bono projects with which the law firm was involved is the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, located at the intersection of I-43 and County Highway C.
Olstad is WHA intern
Emma Olstad of Stoughton is serving as this summer’s 2018 Communications Intern with the Wisconsin Holstein Association. Olstad has been working out of the Baraboo office since May 2018.
During the summer, Olstad will serve in a communications and public relations role working with the Wisconsin Holstein News writing breeder profiles, planning and coordinating the 2018 WHA Futurity in West Allis. In addition to these duties, she will assist in organizing district shows, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Wisconsin Championship Show. Olstad will be a junior at UW-Madison studying dairy science.