Prairie du Sac - Carrie Mess of Milford was named the 2017 AgVocate of the Year at the Wisconsin Ag Women’s Summit held March 10 and 11 in Madison. More than 250 women were in attendance to celebrate their role in agriculture at the event, hosted by Badgerland Financial, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and UW-Extension.

Mess is passionate about showing consumers what dairy farming is like in a fun and engaging manner. Her Facebook page has nearly 40,000 followers with many of her posts reaching more than a million impressions. While her online impact is expansive, she also takes time advocating in person by speaking at conferences, facilitating workshops and participating in a variety of other events. She encourages fellow agriculturists to share their stories and make connections with their customers.  

“I am absolutely honored to join the strong leaders who have received this award before me,” said Mess. “I am even more honored to be one of the many threads that make up our state’s diverse agricultural tapestry.”

Since 2013, the Wisconsin Ag Women’s Summit has recognized an AgVocate of the Year. This award is given to a woman who actively and positively represents agriculture to both her peers and those outside of the agricultural community. She works to tell agriculture’s story in a professional manner and is seen as a leader and voice for local and state issues and events.

Previous AgVocate award winners include: Deb Reinhart (New Holstein), Daphne Holterman (Watertown), Laura Daniels (Cobb), Karyn Schauf (Barron) and Nodji VanWychen (Warrens).

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