Ag Faces in the Crowd: Stapel new president of Edge Dairy Farmer Coop

Wisconsin State Farmer

Dairy cooperative selects new officers

Brody Stapel

Directors of Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative elected a new president and vice president. Brody Stapel, who farms at Double Dutch Dairy along Lake Michigan in Cedar Grove, Wis., was elected president on March 7. Stapel was elected to the board in 2016 and had been serving as vice president since January. His election as president comes after John Pagel, who had been Edge’s president, passed away in late February as the result of a plane crash.

Todd Doornink

The board also elected Todd Doornink as vice president. Doornink, who farms at Jon-De Dairy in Baldwin in northwestern Wisconsin, has been on the board since 2011. Stapel and Doornink were also part of a rebranding of the cooperative, formerly known as Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative. The Edge brand was unveiled in November 2017.

Cave-aged Chandoka wins again

LaClare Family Creamery’s Cave-Aged Chandoka continues to gather international recognition. The surface-ripened, mixed-milk cheese produced at the multi-generational family farm in Malone, Wis., earned a bronze award at the 2018 Specialty Food Association sofi™ Awards. Cave-Aged Chandoka is a cow- and goat-milk blend cheese.

Jared Retzlaff

Retzlaff selected for Student Advisory Team

University of Wisconsin-River Falls junior Jared Retzlaff is one of only ten students from across the nation selected to serve on the Student Advisory Team for Agriculture Future of America (AFA). AFA is a leadership and professional development organization for college students and young professionals. Retzlaff, of Omro, served as the campus ambassador for AFA last year before being selected through a competitive application process to represent his peers at the national level on the advisory team.

Tasha Phillips

Phillips joins Vita Plus

Tasha Phillips recently joined Vita Plus as a territory manager in northwest Wisconsin.  Phillips will work closely with Vita Plus sales staff and dealers while taking the lead on any training initiatives in her territory.  She will also provide on-farm support and troubleshooting to help dairy producers reach their production goals. Most recently, Phillips worked as a dairy/beef nutritionist providing feed and management consultative services for dairy and beef producers.

Kendall Thiel

Thiel elected president of WAA

2018 WAA President Kendall Thiel was sworn in at the Annual Wisconsin Auctioneers Convention along with the new board of directors. A fourth generation auctioneer and professional ringman, Thiel won the WAA Ringman Championship in 2015 and has been in the finals of the State Champion Auctioneer contest at the Wisconsin State fair in past years.  He has been an active board member of the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association and many other organizations.

Steve Bodart

Bodart elected to DBA board

The Dairy Business Association has elected a senior dairy consultant to its board of directors. Steve Bodart, who has been with Compeer Financial for 16 years, was elected by the group’s board on March 12. Bodart was raised on a 60-cow traditional dairy farm in eastern Wisconsin. Prior to joining Compeer, he was the chief financial officer of a large modern dairy in western Wisconsin where he was responsible for milk marketing, contracting feed, communications, budget and actual performance updates with the lender.

Sara Schoenborn

Schoenborn joins WABA

The Wisconsin Agri-Business Association has named Sara Schoenborn their Director of Marketing and Public Relations. In this role, Schoenborn will also be contracted to serve as the Communications Director for the Wisconsin Corn Program. Her duties for both organizations will focus on media and member relations, social media and event marketing. Previously, Schoenborn served as the Director of Communications for Cooperative Network and as Executive Director of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation.

Virginia Lee

UW-RF students honored by WI ASABE

Two University of Wisconsin-River Falls students were honored by the Wisconsin chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Sophomore Virginia Lee of Mequon received the Agricultural Engineering Student of the Year award. The agricultural engineering program is one of the newest programs at UW-River Falls. Lee was among the first students accepted into the program in 2016 and is the first UW-River Falls student to receive this award.

Jon Kusz

Jon Kusz, a senior from Stillwater, Minn., was the recipient of the Agricultural Engineering Technology Student of the Year award. Kusz is the president of the Falcon Pulling Team, overseeing 20 active members as they prepare for the June competition.

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