Wisconsin Briefs:WI State Fair is "Fair of the Year"

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Wisconsin State Fair is "Fair of the Year"

Wisconsin State Fair officials are honored to announce that Wisconsin State Fair was named “2015 Fair of the Year” at the 45th Annual International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) Conference in Nashville, TN. this week. IEBA is the leading trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals, and the annual conference features presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities interlaced with more than 50 live performances from today’s hottest performers. This year’s awards ceremony featured a performance by Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, who were inducted into the IEBA Hall of Fame. Legendary Country Music star Clint Black was also in attendance, as he received IEBA’s Career Achievement Award.

Fair organizers believe the catalyst for being nominated this year may very well have been the uniqueness of securing Nik Wallenda, King of the High Wire, to attempt his longest walk ever, high above the Milwaukee Mile Speedway at this year’s fair. Wallenda completed his feat of walking 1576 feet in only 30 minutes, while talking to the audience throughout the walk, and even taking questions via social media that were relayed to him via the MC of the program.


Kroening wins GROWMARK Essay contest

Casey Kroening of Ladysmith, WI, has been named the Wisconsin state winner of the 2017 GROWMARK essay contest for FFA members. The theme of this year’s contest was “What value do cooperatives provide to today’s farmers?”

Casey Kroening

Kroening is a student at Bruce High School and a member of the Bruce FFA chapter. His FFA advisor is Sam Behrends.As the contest winner, Kroening will receive a $500 award from GROWMARK at the Wisconsin FFA State Convention in Madison, held in June. The Bruce FFA chapter will also receive a $300 award in honor of his accomplishment to help future students.

Four state runners-up will each receive a $125 award. The runners-up and their FFA chapters are: Taylor Adleman, Medford FFA; Allison Bragger, Independence FFA; Kendra Gillett, Beaver Dam FFA; and Alexis Harper, River Ridge FFA.


Holte re-elected President of WFBF

WISCONSIN DELLS — Jim Holte has been re-elected to a fifth one-year term as the president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and Rural Mutual Insurance Company. He was also re-elected to a three-year term on the WFBF board representing District 9. Holte was first elected to the WFBF Board of Directors in 1995 and has served on the American Farm Bureau Board of Directors since 2015.Holte raises beef cattle and grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa on 460 acres near Elk Mound in Dunn County.

Don Radtke of Merrill in Marathon County was elected vice president and re-elected to a three-year term on the board representing District 8. Adam Kuczer, a heifer raiser and crop farmer from Pulaski in Shawano County, was elected to a three-year term on the board representing District 7. He succeeds Wayne Staidl of Peshtigo in Marinette County.

Rosalie Geiger of Reedsville in Manitowoc County was re-elected to a one-year term as the representative from the Promotion and Education Committee on the board. Derek Husmoen of Galesville in Trempealeau County was elected to a one-year term as chair of the Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee and will serve as the representative on the board. He succeeds Derek Orth of Stitzer in Grant County.


Biadasz family sets up memorial fund

The family of Mike Biadasz doesn't want other families to experience the same tragedy that touched their lives on Aug. 15, 2016, when their son was overcome by hydrogen sulfide gas while agitating the manure pit. Mike, along with 16 steers perished. The family has established the Mike Biadasz Farm Safety and Educational Memorial Fund in order to raise awareness of the dangers of deadly gases. The family's Facebook pages promotes the use of safety tools such as gas meters that help farmers detect the presence of methane, hydrogen sulfide and more.


Registration open for CDR course

Registration is now open for The Center for Dairy Research Certificate in Dairy Processing short course. This session begins Jan.18, 2017, with an all-day introductory session at CDR on the UW-Madison campus, followed by ten weeks of online training (Jan.18- April 4).
Administrated by CDR and led by some of the leading experts in the field, this course will prepare dairy plant workers to become leaders. To register, visit This course is open to all dairy plant employees, but attendance is limited to 30 participants. Cost for this certificate program is $900 per student, or $800 per student if a company registers five or more attendees in one year. The fund is currently managed by the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin. To make a donation visit


Ag Safety Connection hosts free seminar

The Agriculture Safety Connection will host a complimentary educational seminar on work safety from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 4, Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point.The seminar will provide attendees with valuable information, current OSHA regulations and networking opportunities to facilitate a safe working environment. Agricultural Safety Connection is a coalition of government agencies, businesses, association and producers that have direct or indirect ties to the farming community. The interest of the group if to promote a safe and healthful workplace for all farm workers and owners. ASC members form a network of resources which include risk management, developing safety and health programs, hazard recognition, worker compensation management, laws governing the workplace and best safety and health practices.A complimentary lunch is also provided.