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Excellence in Ag finalists named


Four individuals have been selected as Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Ag finalists and will compete in December for the top honor.

The Excellence in Ag award recognizes members of Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist Program who excel in their leadership abilities, and involvement in agriculture, Farm Bureau and other civic and service organizations.

“Four outstanding agriculture advocates are finalists in this year’s state competition. This contest highlights how these fine individuals have positively impacted Wisconsin agriculture and inspire others to do the same,” said Jim Holte, Wisconsin Farm Bureau President.

The four finalists are: 

Lynn Dickman of Waushara County, research agronomist at Heartland Farms, Inc.

Lynn Dickman

Teresa Marker of Barron County, livestock nutritionist for Crystal Creek Natural, LLC.

Teresa Marker

Amber Radatz of Trempealeau County, co-director of UW Discovery Farms Program.

Amber Radatz

Leslie Svacina of St. Croix, goat farmer and former executive director of the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators.

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Excellence in Ag award applicants are agriculturists who have not derived a majority of their income from a farm (that they own) for the past three years. Examples of occupations of past finalists include: agricultural education instructor, fertilizer salesperson, veterinarian, farm employee, agricultural writer and marketer.

Each finalist must make a presentation and answer questions in front of a three-judge panel during the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s 2016 Annual Meeting/Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Dec. 2-5.

BioZyme promotes Grimes

St. Joseph, MO

BioZyme® Inc., manufacturers of natural supplements for a variety of livestock, has promoted Lindsey Grimes of St. Joseph, MO to Area Sales Manager.

Lindsey Grimes

In her new role, Grimes will be responsible for developing the sales territory in Indiana and Ohio, supporting BioZyme's dealer network and helping producers maximize their operations through use of BioZyme's products.

Hired by BioZyme in 2015, Grimes previously held the position of Nutrition Coordinator and was responsible for managing the online Feed Value Barometer, developing feed rations for customers, coordinating producer meetings and dealer trainings, and aiding the nutrition team.

Grimes can be reached at 816-596-8779 or

AHA hires Foster, Shipley


SyAnn Foster will join the American Hereford Association team as the new education and information services coordinator. Foster will develop educational programs and assist Hereford breeders in understanding online data submission and best practices for Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR®) participation.

Syann Foster

Foster previously served as the president of the American Junior Chianina Association Board of Directors and an ambassador for the 2015 Junior National Hereford Exposition. Additionally, she has interned with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Rodeo Austin.

Abigail Shipley will join the American Hereford Association and its subsidiary entity, Hereford Publications Inc., as the new creative services coordinator. Shipley will assist with and manage HPI projects and will be responsible for coordinating projects to meet print deadlines.

Sbigail Shipley

Shipley joined the staff in the Kansas City, MO. office on Sept. 19.

Raven welcomes Robey


W. Wade Robey, Ph.D., joined Raven Applied Technology in August 2016 as Director of Engineering. In this role, he leads the growth and development of Raven’s precision agriculture product line.

Wade Robey

Prior to joining Raven, Robey was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for POET, the world’s largest bioethanol company.  In that capacity, he oversaw the company’s research and commercial development activities at its 28 biorefineries across the United States. He also served on the Board for the POET|DSM Joint Venture for Advanced Biofuels.

East Central/Select Sires marks milestones/awards


East Central/Select Sires, based in Waupun, held their annual employee awards banquet on Saturday, June 25, at the Crowne Plaza, Madison.

Eric Gudex, Oakfield, was named member service representative (MSR) of the year, with Mohammed Touir, Madison, as runner-up. Jay Ludeman, Lake Mills, was awarded area sales manager (ASM) of the year, with Brad Fossum, Lodi, recognized as runner-up.

The honorable outstanding-effort awards were presented to Norm Bradley, Fort Atkinson; Aaron McMillan, Oshkosh; Duey Vande Zande, Waupun; and Bill Langel, McFarland.

Years of service awards were given to: 40 years - Duey Vande Zande and Al Deming, Waupun; 35 years - Tom Wendt, Beaver Dam; 20 years - Dale Griebenow, Watertown; 15 years - Deb Hoekstra, Waupun, Jenny Hintz, Sparta, and Roger Belling, Fond du Lac.

Frank Blahnik of Cuba City was recognized for exceeding 100,000 first services.