AgSource elects leaders

Wisconsin State Farmer

Verona - AgSource Cooperative Services held its annual meeting in Bloomington, Minn., on January 25.

Two seats on the board were up for election due to term limits. Edward Strauss of Sheboygan Falls, and David Koepke of Hartland, were each recognized for twelve years of service on the board. Carrie Mess of Johnson Creek, was elected to fill Koepke’s seat in the Southeast District. Pam Selz-Pralle of Humbird, filled the at-large position vacated by Strauss. Both women begin a three-year term on the board, while Dan Nodolf was reelected to a third, three-year term in the Southwest District.

Mess and her husband Patrick farm in partnership with his parents, Clem and Cathy Mess. The couples milk 100 cows and grow crops on 300 acres near Lake Mills. Mess is a founding member of the Dairy Girl Network and serves on the organization’s board of directors. In addition, she writes the popular Dairy Carrie Blog and is a professional speaker.  She and her husband have a young son, Silas.

Selz-Pralle and her husband, Scott, own and operate Selz-Pralle Dairy in Clark County, where they milk 450 Registered Holsteins and manage 1,000 acres of crop land with the assistance of a multi-cultural staff.  The herd has earned national recognition for both production and genetic progress. Selz-Pralle has previously served on AgSource’s board of directors. She is a past president of the AgSource Board and past vice president on the CRI Board of Directors.  She’s served on numerous state and national industry boards and advisory committees and is actively involved in her community, providing leadership to local 4-H, school and church groups.

At its reorganizational meeting, the AgSource Board of Directors re-elected Daniel Diederich of DePere, as President, Annette Trescher of Cashton as Vice President and Matt Gartman of Sheboygan as Secretary. Diederich and Trescher will also represent AgSource on the Cooperative Resources International (CRI) Board of Directors.

In addition to Diederich, Trescher and Gartman, directors whose seats were not up for re-election included Gordon Schmidt of Gaylord, Minn., Sam Zimmerman of Ringle, and Robert Prahl of Wausau.

"As a member-driven, member-governed cooperative, we are excited to work with this talented group of directors. Delegate input and strong board leadership assure that we deliver on our promise to provide valuable information and innovative solutions to improve decisions and profitability of our members and customers," states Pat Baier, AgSource Chief Operating Officer. "Our board members represent diverse dairy herd management practices, which helps us remain relevant to all who utilize our herd management information."

AgSource is the only full-service DHI provider in the country, conducting research and development, field data collection, laboratory analysis and diagnostics, meter service and outreach and education, resulting in     high quality decision tools for dairy producers. AgSource is a subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International. Learn more at

The AgSource Board includes: (L to R):  Pam Selz-Pralle, Humbird, Wis.; Robert Prahl, Wausau, Wis.; Carrie Mess, Johnson Creek, Wis.; Daniel Diederich (President and CRI Board Representative), De Pere, Wis.; Dan Nodolf, Belmont, Wis.; Matt Gartman (Secretary), Sheboygan, Wis.; Gordon Schmidt, Gaylord, Minn.; Sam Zimmerman, Ringle, Wis. and Annette Trescher (Vice President and CRI Board Representative), Cashton, Wis.
AgSource Board Members, Edward Strauss and David Koepke (center) are thanked for their years of service by AgSource COO Pat Baier (L) and President Daniel Diederich (R).
AgSource COO Pat Baier (L) welcomes new board members Pam Selz-Pralle and Carrie Mess.