Teresa Hanson (Committee Chair)
Teresa Hanson works as a Dairy Nutritionist for Crystal Creek, Inc. located in Spooner and resides in Shell Lake. In 2007, Teresa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a major in agricultural education and a minor in animal science. In her spare time, she is active on her family dairy farm in Dunn County. She is currently serving as the YFA Committee Chair.
“The Young Farmer and Agriculturist program provides young individuals in the agriculture industry the chance to network through social, educational and service events. Several leadership training opportunities allows this younger generation to gain skills that will be useful for the future growth of the organization.”
“We are involved in Farm Bureau because it helps advance and preserve issues related to farming. Additionally, we are able to network with people passionate about agriculture; which gives us new perspectives on how to manage our business.”
“My commitment to Farm Bureau has given me the tools to grow and I strongly believe that the value of becoming a member of this unique and truly dynamic organization will reach and change anyone with a connection to agriculture, food, fiber or their community.”
Ryan and Krista Dolan of Dodgeville are partners in their family dairy farm Dolan Farms LLC with Ryan’s parents. Both are graduates of UW-Platteville. Ryan holds a degree in agricultural business while Krista in elementary education. Since transitioning into a farm management role, the couple has overseen an expansion that nearly doubled the herd size. They also grow corn, alfalfa winter wheat and winter rye. Krista is currently the Iowa County Farm Bureau president and Ryan serves as a director on the Iowa County Farm Bureau board. They represent District 3 on the state YFA committee. They have a four year old son, Kaleb, and are expecting another child in February.
“Farm Bureau is our voice at the capitol when it comes to agricultural issues. We also know that Farm Bureau will be there to back farmers in a time of need. Being dairy farmers, we are kept current with laws and regulations with the help of Farm Bureau.”
Brian and Sara Maliszewski of Independence are partners in Brian’s family’s beef and crop operation. They raise feeder cattle and grow crops on the rolling hills of Trempeleau County. Since completing his agronomy degree at UW-River Falls, Brain started his own custom harvesting operation, doing planting, round bailing, chopping, hay grinding, trucking and combining. Additionally, he runs 1,600 acres of owned and leased land. Sara works off the farm as a credit analyst. They enjoy being involved in Farm Bureau because they say it’s a great way to meet young leaders in the agriculture industry.
“YFA is more than just farming, it is the collaboration of the new generation of agriculturalists. It is an organization of young adults sharing and leading together, resulting in cutting edge ideas that change communities and the production of today’s ever-changing and growing world. Farm Bureau YFA is where it all begins. Live, Lead and Enjoy!”
Tim Clark works for Dairyland Seed as a certified crop advisor and district sales manager where he manages sales of seed to a network of farmers and dealers across five counties in South Central Wisconsin. He has the opportunity to interact with a variety of people and share his knowledge on biotechnology, seed advancements and sustainable cropping systems to positively impact agriculture. He has served as the YFA Chair in Fond du Lac County for two years and he graduated from Farm Bureau’s Institute class in 2011.
“Farm Bureau calls us to educate, advocate and collaborate with our neighbors to protect an industry whose mission is nothing short of amazing: feed the people of the world.”
Nichole and Chuck Rabitz of Manitowoc are cash grain farmers of corn, barley and hay. Nichole has an elementary education degree from UW–Green Bay and Chuck has degrees in dairy science and agriculture journalism from UW–Madison. Currently, Chuck works at Denmark State Bank as an agricultural lender. They have three daughters: Audrey, Olivia and Emily.
“We are involved in Farm Bureau to keep agriculture strong. Issues that affect our farm operation and agribusiness thought the United States needs representation in Washington. Serving on the YFA committee helps promote membership, leadership and positive communication for young Farm Bureau members. This helps further the mission of Farm Bureau which is the voice of agriculture.”
Brian and Kristi both come from a dairy farming background. Kristi’s family is still farming in Dodge County. Brian and Kristi have been married 3 years and live in Cecil. After finishing a degree in construction management technology at Fox Valley Technical College Brian started Fiedler and Son Construction and does independent contracting mostly in Shawano County. Kristi earned a Bachelor’s degree in animal science at UW-Platteville and a master’s degree in management from University of Phoenix. Kristi has worked at Genex Cooperative for 8 years where she manages a team of national dairy consultants. On the local level, Kristi and Brian serve on the Shawano County Farm Bureau Brunch on the Farm Committee. Their hobbies include archery, hunting and volleyball.
“Farm Bureau and YFA have given us opportunities to expand our network, develop professional and leadership skills and express our passion for agriculture. Farm Bureau strives to inform and educate the public on the value of agriculture products and people. We are proud to serve an organization in which their mission is to support agricultural education and develop agricultural leaders.”
Melissa and John from Portage County own and operate Eron Agronomics, a custom harvesting business in Junction City. They harvest 10,000 acres of alfalfa and corn silage annually. They own 110 acres of irrigated cropland and farm another 420 acres in cooperation with John’s parents. John is Portage County’s YFA chair and Melissa is the Women’s chair.
“Being involved in Farm Bureau has given us the opportunity to network with people of similar backgrounds. We all share a passion for agriculture. As a grassroots organization we can discuss issues and are able to make a difference for the whole agriculture sector. John and I have enjoyed our involvement and serving as the chairs for District 8 gives us the opportunity to give back to an organization that has already given us so much.”
Rick Roden of West Bend is a graduate of West Bend High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Farm & Industry Short Course. In 2005, he formed a limited liability corporation consisting of land and livestock with his parents Robert and Cindy Roden. He owns nearly one-fourth of the 400 cows that make up his family’s milking herd.
As a member of the 16-member committee for the nation’s largest general farm organization, Roden will help plan a national leadership conference and the competitive events that occur at the AFBF Annual Meeting for young Farm Bureau members.
Roden, who is a member of the Ozaukee County Farm Bureau, is the first Wisconsin YFA member to serve on the national committee since Randi and Cecelia Brooks served in 2005-06.