Kari Schoenike of Dodge County, Tammy Wiedenbeck of Grant County and Clara Hedrich of Calumet County have been appointed to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Committee by the organization’s Board of Directors. Their terms begin at WFBF’s Annual Meeting and Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference, December 3-6, in Wisconsin Dells.
“Kari, Tammy and Clara will bring a wealth of knowledge and new perspective to the Promotion and Education Committee. I look forward to what they will contribute to the committee through their terms,” said WFBF President Kevin Krentz.
Kari Schoenike grew up on her family’s crop farm in rural Dodge County. There she developed a passion for agriculture and education that she combined into her role as a teacher while connecting students to agriculture in their daily lives. Currently, she shares her knowledge with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections as an Offender Classification Specialist. Kari is an active Dodge County Farm Bureau member and has helped plan and implement a variety of educational activities for her community.
Tammy Wiedenbeck serves as a Business Development Manager for Hilbert Communications and Bug Tussel Wireless Internet. Along with her full-time role, Tammy is the seventh generation on her family’s farm and works together with her brother’s family and parents to run the beef and crop operation. She also manages a photography business on the side. In addition to her involvement with the Grant County Farm Bureau, Tammy is a lifetime member of the Grant County Cattlemen’s Association, Lancaster FFA Alumni and UW-Platteville Alumni. She chooses to be a member of these organizations in hopes of supporting youth and encouraging their continued involvement in agriculture.
Clara Hedrich grew up on a dairy farm in Northeastern Wisconsin before going on to teach high school agriculture for 39 years. Clara, along with her husband and four of their five adult children, founded LaClare Family Creamery in Pipe, Wis. specializing in goat milk cheeses. Currently, Clara coordinates the creamery’s agri-tourism events while also owning and operating KIDFARM, LLC with her husband. Clara serves as the Calumet County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom coordinator and Promotion and Education chair, as well as on the Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association Board.
The Promotion and Education Committee is a group of nine leaders who represent the nine Wisconsin Farm Bureau districts. Committee members develop, implement and promote projects and programs which build awareness and understanding of agriculture and provide leadership development for the agricultural community. The committee’s chair sits on the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Board of Directors as the program’s representative. The Promotion and Education Program is funded by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation.