Grabarski recognized for Ag Literacy work

Heather Grabarski, a fifth-grade teacher at Adams-Friendship Elementary School in Adams County, is the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program.

Each year the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation recognizes a teacher for their efforts educating students on the importance of agriculture. Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas, with the exclusion of certified agriculture education instructors, are eligible to apply.

Grabarski  works with her local Ag in the Classroom program, county extension office, Master Gardener Program and others to build a network of resources for her classroom, and has used World Dairy Expo tours, science fairs, and other hands-on activities to enhance her student’s learning experiences.

She will be Wisconsin’s nominee for the National Excellence in Teaching Agriculture Award and will receive $500 to attend the 2017 National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Kansas City, MO.


ANIMART Expands Midwest Sales Team

ANIMART recently added to its Midwest Sales Team. Newcomer Josh Berg will join the Outside Sales group. His sales experience at Ecolab and Aspen Dairy Solutions gave him the opportunity to connect with producers and he looks forward to expanding those relationships as part of the ANIMART team.

Ashley Scheel will also be part of the Outside Sales group. Hired in April 2016, Scheel exceeded expectations of Inside Sales Manager, Katie Kohn and was promoted to National Account Manager. Scheel looks forward to rekindling old relationships from her time in agronomy sales and building new ones with the clients she’ll be servicing now.

Jenna Alme joined ANIMART after moving from her family’s dairy farm in Stoughton to Randolph where her fiancé’s family farm is located. Alme graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Studies and will be an integral team member in sales support.

Hoof Specialist, Brad Ingram, expanded his network when he transitioned from servicing producers and trimmers locally. Ingram joined ANIMART in 2010 and is excited about the growth the company’s experienced in recent years and the opportunities which have resulted.

Inside Sales welcomed the addition of Tina Beu who joins the company with a diverse background in animal health. Beu earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from UW-Madison and while there, spent time working for the UW Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Beu's role at ANIMART will include taking over recently vacated National Account Manager position, as well as working in tandem with the Territory Manager in Indiana.


Compass Minerals Appoints VP

Ryan Bartlett, Ph.D., has joined Compass Minerals as vice president, innovation and product development. Dr. Bartlett will be responsible for building a world-class research and development (R&D) team for the company’s plant nutrition division, anchoring its operations in a new North America “Center of Excellence” research facility near the company’s headquarters in Overland Park.

Bartlett led global technology development for seed-applied solutions, global corn emerging technology and U.S. product development for specialty crops. Bartlett's demonstrated technical capabilities and experience as a farmer and rancher will keep developmental efforts better aligned with the needs of our customers.


Dick to lead Wholesale Division at Midwestern BioAg

Craig Dick has joined Midwestern BioAg as the company’s first Director of Wholesale. He is responsible for developing a network of agricultural retailers to carry the Midwestern BioAg product line.

Previously, Dick spent 10 years with Calcium Products, serving as VP of New Market Development. Other past experience includes retail agriculture sales and customer service management. Craig is a graduate of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in Diversified Agriculture.

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