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MADISON - Receiving the Pioneer Award was the exclamation mark on a long career with East Central/Select Sires.

Al Deming who retired this year from his post of general manager was the honored recipient of the Pioneer Award for his dedicated service to the patron customers and employees of East Central/Select Sires during the company's annual meeting on Aug. 22 at the Crowne Plaza, Madison.

During the event, Jerome Meyer, East Central/Select Sires general manager, spoke to delegates about the partnership with Accelerated Genetics and touched on a variety of data from the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

"Combined efforts from our employees led to total unit sales of 595,535, an increase of 17,051 units," noted Meyer in a news release. "Our member service representatives bred 403,766 services, and our employees sold $2,809,583 of diversified products and supplies -- an increase of 17 percent over last year."

Five college students pursuing degrees in ag-related fields were the recipients of $1,000 scholarships awarded by East Central/Select Sires.

Those receiving awards include: Kalista Hodorff, Eden, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Abigail Martin, Janesville, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Kati Kindschuh, Brownsville, University of Wisconsin-River Falls; Logan Voigts, Platteville, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Matthew Kramer, Saint Cloud, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Election results

All four incumbents vying for seats on the East Central/Select Sires Board of Directors were re-elected. Representing their districts are: District One, Rick Adams, Elkhorn; District Three, Steve Abel, Eden; District Five, Randy Nigh, Viroqua; and District Seven, Jeff Hendrickson, Belleville.

Meyer also recognized the three new board members associated with the Accelerated Genetics partnership: Scott Dahlk, Verona; Kenneth Levzow, Rio; and Krista Dolan, Dodgeville.

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