Beth Schaefer of Hatley was selected the winner of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist (YFA) Excellence in Agriculture Award at the organization’s 96th Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells, December 6.
The Excellence in Agriculture Award goes to a Farm Bureau member between the ages of 18 and 35 who is actively engaged in agriculture, but derives the majority of their income from an off-farm agricultural career. The winner is selected based on their knowledge of agriculture, leadership in Farm Bureau and other civic organizations.
Schaefer is a regional program manager for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s Wisconsin Dairy Council. Covering 17 counties in north-central Wisconsin, she works with K-12 schools to explain the benefits of drinking milk and facilitate the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. She also works closely with local media to promote Wisconsin cheese.
In the coming year, she will represent District 8 (north-central Wisconsin) on the state Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee. She is the treasurer of the Marathon County Farm Bureau and is actively involved in her church and the Marathon County Partnership for Progressive Agriculture.
She and her husband, Matt, have a son, Henry.
Schaefer will compete in the national Excellence in Agriculture contest at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 97th Annual Conference next month in Orlando. She will also be guest of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation at next year’s WFBF Young Farmer Conference in the Wisconsin Dells. He also received a $250 FS Fast Stop gift card from GROWMARK, Inc. and will be a guest at its annual meeting in Chicago in August. She also qualifies for the YFA Washington D.C. trip in 2016.