Joe Bragger was elected as the president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and Rural Mutual Insurance Company. Bragger is a dairy farmer from Independence in Buffalo County. He succeeds Jim Holte who served as WFBF President since 2012.
Bragger was first elected to the WFBF Board of Directors in 2010 to represent District 4 which includes Buffalo, Trempealeau, La Crosse, Jackson, Monroe and Eau Claire counties.
Bragger farms with his wife Noel, brother Dan Bragger and a team of employees. Bragger Family Dairy maintains a herd of 300 dairy cows, 32,000 pullets and grows 1,400 acres of crops. Bragger and his wife Noel have four children: Rosli, John, Tessa and Allison.
Dave Daniels of Union Grove in Kenosha County was elected Vice President. He succeeds Kevin Krentz of Berlin in Waushara County.
Brian Preder of Weyauwega in Waupaca County was elected to a three-year term on the board representing District 7 (Langlade, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano and Waupaca counties).
Ryan Klussendorf of Medford in Taylor County was elected to a three-year term on the board representing District 8 (Clark, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Price, Taylor and Wood counties). He succeeds Don Radtke of Marathon County who has served on the board since 2003.
Peter Kimball of River Falls in Pierce County was elected to a three-year term on the board representing District 9 (Superior Shores, Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer and St. Croix County Farm Bureaus). He succeeds former WFBF President Jim Holte who retired after serving in this role since 1995.
Nine of the 11 members of the WFBF board of directors are elected in each of Farm Bureau’s nine districts. These nine individuals also make up the board of directors for the Rural Mutual Insurance Company. Rounding out the WFBF’s board are the chairs of WFBF’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist and Promotion and Education Committees, both of which serve a one-year term on the board.
Darby Sampson of Melrose in Jackson County was elected to a one-year term as the representative from the Promotion and Education Committee on the board. She succeeds Andrea Brossard from Dodge County.
Kelly Oudenhoven of Outagamie County was elected to a one-year term as chair of the Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee and will serve as the representative on the board. She succeeds Julie Wadzinski of Barron County as YFA Chair.
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Board Directors who were not up for re-election are: Dave Daniels of Union Grove in Kenosha County; Arch Morton Jr. of Janesville in Rock County; Robert Nigh of Viroqua in Vernon County; Kevin Krentz, of Berlin in Waushara County; and Rosie Lisowe of Chilton in Calumet County.