Wolfe was presented the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s ‘Distinguished Service to Farm Bureau’ award during the organization’s 96th Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells on December 6. Wolfe, a retired dairy farmer from rural Cochrane, has provided many years of service, exceptional leadership and support to Farm Bureau’s efforts.
Wolfe has been an active member of Farm Bureau for 47 years and has served in key leadership roles at both county and state levels. Wolfe was elected to the Buffalo County Farm Bureau board of directors during turbulent financial times and served as a director and was president for six years.
“It was with Loren’s leadership and guidance that the Buffalo County Farm Bureau malt and shake stand was started,” Joe Bragger, Buffalo County Farm Bureau President and District 4 Board Director said. “Because of this successful fundraiser, the Buffalo County Farm Bureau is financially stable and thriving. It has allowed the county Farm Bureau to invest in programs and activities.”
Wolfe earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and served for two years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was hired as a teacher at Brookwood High School and in 1968, decided to return to his family’s farm where they developed a 100-cow registered Holstein herd. In 1997, the family entered into a partnership with John and Nettie Rosenow to create Rosenholm-Wolfe Dairy, LLP. In 2014, the Wolfes sold their portion of the partnership back to John and Nettie.
Wolfe has the distinction of being the first chair of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Volunteers for Agriculture political action committee after it was formed and served on that committee for six years. He also served on the WFBF Dairy Committee.
Wolfe was a proud recipient of the 1972 Wisconsin Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farmer award. He has also been recognized as Wisconsin Conservation Farmer of the Year, Wisconsin Master Agriculturist, UW-River Falls Distinguished Agriculturist, School District of Arcadia Distinguished Alumni Award and Buffalo County Farm Family of the Year.
As a community leader, Wolfe served on the Arcadia School Board as member, president and now as vice president; as a first responder and firefighter; as leader of the Golden Hornets 4-H Club and on the Buffalo County Fair Board.
He is an active member of the Waumandee Area Lions Club and St. Boniface Parish, where he served as church council president and on the St. Boniface School Board. Wolfe also serves on the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board.
Wolfe and his wife, Ruth, have two sons.
“For Loren’s entire life he has given himself to his family, community, country, agriculture and in particular, Farm Bureau,” added Bragger. “It is because of his selfless dedication to others that the Buffalo County Farm Bureau is extremely proud to recognize his distinguished service to Farm Bureau.”