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Geiger named to AFB’s Promotion and Ed committee

Rosalie Geiger has been appointed by the American Farm Bureau Federation to its Promotion and Education Committee for the 2017-19 term beginning in March. Geiger currently serves as the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee Chair.

Geiger and her husband, Randy, have a 360-acre dairy farm near Reedsville. Along with milking 50-registered cows and raising heifers they grow alfalfa, corn, soybeans and wheat. Rosalie is a director for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. She also is the women’s committee chair for Manitowoc County Farm Bureau, and more.


Rosalie Geiger

She is also a graduate of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Leadership Institute.

The Promotion and Education Committee is comprised of 10 individuals representing qualifying Farm Bureau Promotion and Education states.

The American Farm Bureau Federation Promotion and Education Committee formed in 2014 with the mission to develop and centralize resources that inspire and equip Farm Bureau to convey the significance of agriculture.


Robinson joins board of directors


Arthur Robinson


The Heartland Institute announced that Arthur B. Robinson, Ph.D. has joined its Board of Directors. Robinson is a chemist, founder of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, editor of the influential newsletter Access to Energy, and curator of the Global Warming Petition Project.


In 2015, The Heartland Institute named its center addressing environment issues the Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy in honor of Dr. Robinson. The Center produces an ambitious program of research and educational projects in defense of sound science and market-based approaches to protecting the environment.


Tapia named manager at SCR Dairy

SCR Dairy announced that Randy Tapia has joined its team as Southwest region manager. In this role he’ll be assisting customers in a number of states, including Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Colorado and Arizona.

 Tapia's practical experience as an adopter of SCR Dairy technology, large dairy manager and industry consultant, along with his bilingual language skills, will be invaluable to customers, said Tom Breunig, SCR Dairy general manager.
“He’s seen first-hand the impact rumination monitoring has on improving animal well-being and overall dairy management,” Breunig adds. “We’re eager to tap his expertise and insights as we work with dairies to help them utilize rumination data to its fullest potential.”

TruTag Technologies appoints Bartholomeusz as CEO

TruTag Technologies, Inc., a leader in product authentication, brand security, and data intelligence solutions, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Michael Bartholomeusz as its Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2017.  Bartholomeusz will also be joining the Board of Directors on January 1.


Michael Bartholomeusz

With over 20 years of industry experience in advanced materials and commercializing technology products, Bartholomeusz brings a wealth of experience to TruTag with a successful track record of managing emerging growth companies to commercial expansion and exit. He also has experience in Asia, from setting up sales and manufacturing operations to penetrating and growing domestic markets, as well as leading multiple successful joint ventures and acquisitions.  An accomplished technologist, he has over 25 granted and pending patents and is widely published in leading peer reviewed journals.


KELLER Inc. announces new hires


Jason Boche

KELLER, Inc., a Design/Build General Contractor with offices in the Fox Cities, Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau has announced the hiring of Jason Boche, Aaron Nagel and Tricia LeFevre.

Boche joins the firm as an Architectural Draftsman and will be responsible for collaborating with Keller Architects and Project Managers to create plans, elevations, sections, details and 3D views for commercial and agricultural projects.


Aaron Nagel

Nagel comes on board as an Assistant Project Manager located out of our Milwaukee office. In his new role, Nagel is responsible for assisting Keller Project Managers and other departments from the beginning of a project through completion.

LeFevre is the new Accounts Payable Administrator. In her new job, LeFevre is responsible for invoice entry, handling check requests and processing weekly check runs.  She is also responsible for setting up new subcontractors and working with them to verify compliance. 


Tricia LeFevre