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Randy Ebert

Ebert appointed to Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin Board

The Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin board of directors appointed dairy farmer Randy Ebert to serve as the representative for District 10 covering Brown, Kewaunee and Door counties. This appointment follows the resignation of Julie Veldhuis.

Well-known to many farmers in the area, Ebert farms with his wife, Renee, and family in Algoma, where they hosted Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in 2017. Ebert also served on the Kewaunee County Dairy Promotion Committee for many years. Ebert will serve for the remaining term representing District 10. This seat will be open for election in 2020.

Jessica Peter

Peter to coordinate Ayrshire sire development

Beginning August 1, 2018, Jessica Peter will assume the responsibilities of Ayrshire sire development within Select Sires’ sire department. In accordance with Select Sires’ mission statement, Peter will coordinate and develop Ayrshire genetics that enhance the productivity and profitability of Ayrshire producers world-wide.

Peter joined the Select Sires team following the 2017 merger with Accelerated Genetics. In her six years with Accelerated Genetics, she worked exclusively in sire development and marketing. At the start of her career, she processed sire contracts and genomic samples and later coordinated and attended SETS and cattle picturing. In late 2014, Peter transitioned to a sire analyst role and procured Ayrshire, Holstein, Brown Swiss and Milking Shorthorn sires.

Sarah Hagenow

Hagenow heads to national competition

Sarah Hagenow of rural Poynette, and a member of the Arlington Prairie Producers 4-H Club, recently participated in the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held on the Jackson County Fairgrounds near Black River Falls.

Hagenow placed first in oral reasons in the senior division and she took second overall in the senior division as an individual judge.  She will head to the 4-H Dairy Judging Contest which will be held in Louisville, KY in November of this year.  The National competition is a part of the North American International Livestock Exposition.  Hagenow was coached by Mark Heinze, a Columbia County 4-H volunteer dairy project leader.

Bekcy Bachman

Bachman joins WDE as Trade Show coordinator

World Dairy Expo welcomed Becky Bachman to the staff as Trade Show Coordinator. Bachman’s responsibilities include assisting with all aspects of sponsorship and Trade Show management, from corresponding with past, present and prospective exhibitors, to floor plan design and sponsor deliverables.

Bachman joins the WDE team with first-hand experience as a Trade Show exhibitor at the annual event through a previous role with Fabick Cat. For more than a decade, she planned, promoted and executed the company’s participation in up to 30 trade shows per year, while also planning grand opening events and annual open houses. Most recently, Bachman has worked as the Event Marketing Manager with Sonic Foundry in Madison, Wis. where she continued to hone her event planning skills.

Meikah Dado

Dado tapped as National FFA officer candidate

Meikah Dado has been selected as its candidate to throw her hat into the ring for one of six positions on the National FFA officer team during the National FFA Convention this fall. Dado served on the Wisconsin FFA Officer team from 2017-18 as the reporter.

Dado served as an officer on her local FFA chapter in Amery, Wis. She studied Dairy Science and Life Science Communications at UW Madison and currently works on the family operation, Four Hands Holsteins.

Michelle Howe

Howe is finalist in PAEMST competition

A science and agri-science teacher at Lodi Middle School is among four Wisconsin educators that have been named finalists for the 2018 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), considered the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for mathematics and science teachers.

Each year Michelle Howe invites students to learn about the wonderful world of agriculture and science, and why the subjects matter in their lives and future careers. Also joining Howe as finalists are Michelle Butturini of Reedsville, Alicia Korth of New London and Rebecca Saeman, of Middleton-Cross Plains.

Applications from Wisconsin’s finalists will be judged at the national level by a committee organized by the National Science Foundation, which administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The five Dimensions of Outstanding Teaching drive the evaluation process.

Dave Hahn

Hahn honored by EC/SS

Retired A.I. technician Dave Hahn of Fond du Lac received the company’s highest honor during the East Central/Select Sires annual meeting held Aug. 22 in Madison. Hahn received the Pioneer Award for his dedicated service to the patron customers of EC/SS. Hahn bred cows in southeast Wisconsin.

Equity welcomes King as credit manager

Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association announced that Julie King has joined the cooperative as credit manager. King will work on accounts receivable, approve buyer application forms, as well as other tasks.

King earned her accounting certificate through UW-Richland and has 18 years of banking experience. She also holds a credit, accident and health life insurance license, which has given her experience with investments and fixed annuities.

Deanna Malin

Family Dairies USA hires Malin

Family Dairies USA, the milk marketing division of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative, welcomes Deanna Malin to their team as a field representative. After receiving her degree in Dairy Science from UW-Platteville,

Malin worked on various dairy operations as a farm manager along with milking and managing calves. Most recently she served as a field representative for the National Farmers Organization.

She began her role with Family Dairies USA on July 30, and will be serving dairy farmers in northeastern Wisconsin along with the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As Malin transitions into her new role, Family Dairies USA congratulates Bill Burri on his retirement from the cooperative.

Tammy Vaassen

Vaassen new executive director at WI Beef Council

Tammy Vaassen has been hired as the newt Executive Director of the Wisconsin Beef Council. She will joined the staff in late August and will succeed current Executive Director, John Freitag, following his retirement on Oct. 1.

Vaassen worked with the Wisconsin Pork Association for over 25 years and led their staff over the last 13 years. She served as Director of Operations for the WPA from 2005 to 2014 and Executive Vice President since 2015.  During her time with the Wisconsin Pork Association, she has worked with all aspects of operations including their checkoff, budgets, and promotion. 

Paige Frautschy

Frautschy is new ag strategy manager

To strengthen its sustainability work with members, Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative is helping The Nature Conservancy hire an agroecologist with expertise in agronomy, nutrient management, and conservation planning. 

The addition of Paige Frautschy as agriculture strategy manager at the Conservancy will expand Edge’s services to farmers participating in projects as part of the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance (DSSA). Frautschy will help the Conservancy advance its work with farmers to improve soil health and protect water quality in Wisconsin’s lakes and streams. 

The Conservancy and Edge are jointly funding Frautschy’s position in the Conservancy’s Wisconsin chapter.

Tammy Wiedenbeck

Wiedenbeck graduates from Women’s Communications Boot Camp

The American Farm Bureau Federation honored 15 farm and ranch women leaders as graduates of the organization’s 12th annual Women’s Communications Boot Camp, including Wisconsin’s own Tammy Wiedenbeck.

The Women’s Communications Boot Camp is an intensive three-day course featuring sessions on working with the media, public speaking, testifying and messaging.

Wiedenbeck works at Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association where she helps farmers in southwest Wisconsin and Iowa with marketing all classes of livestock, in addition to social media promotion. She is a Grant County Farm Bureau member and serves as the District 3 Representative on WFBF’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee.

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