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Wisconsin Dells — Barron County’s Teresa Marker was selected the winner of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist (YFA) Excellence in Agriculture Award at the organization’s 97th Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells, December 4.

The Excellence in Agriculture Award goes to a Farm Bureau member between the ages of 18 and 35 who is actively engaged in agriculture, but derives the majority of their income from an off-farm agricultural career. The winner is selected based on their knowledge of agriculture, leadership in Farm Bureau and other civic organizations.

Marker grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Elk Mound. After high school, she pursued a degree in agricultural education with a minor in animal science from UW-River Falls. She works as a livestock nutritionist for Crystal Creek Natural, LLC, based out of Spooner.

Marker serves on the Barron County Farm Bureau board of directors and was recently elected the Ag in the Classroom chair. Marker has served on the state YFA committee and was the committee chair in 2013.

She lives in Shell Lake with her husband Dustin and son Jared.

Marker will compete in the national Excellence in Agriculture contest at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 98th Annual Meeting next month in Phoenix, Arizona. She will also be guest of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation at next year’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference in the Wisconsin Dells. Marker also received a $250 FS Fast Stop gift card from GROWMARK, Inc. and will be a guest at its annual meeting in Chicago in August. She also qualifies for the YFA Washington, D.C., trip in 2018.

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