Zimdars is a junior at UW-Madison where he is earning a degree in history and education. He grew up on a sheep and poultry hobby farm near Ripon.
His passion for agriculture grew from his involvement in 4-H and working on his grandparents’ dairy farm, a strawberry farm and an apple orchard. Nate is a member of the Fond du Lac County Farm Bureau.
The Collegiate Discussion Meet is a panel discussion in which collegiate members are judged on their ability to lead a committee discussion on current issues affecting agriculture and to develop consensus on an action plan to effectively address issues.
By participating, members build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems.
Zimdars will represent Wisconsin in a national collegiate Discussion Meet contest at the American Farm Bureau FUSION Conference in Nashville this February.
Other finalists included Emily Selner of UW-Madison, Rachel Leege and Kallie Jo Kastenson from UW-Platteville, and Kaylin Spaeth and Aaron Zimmerman from UW-River Falls.