Katie Roth of Lafayette County, Lynn Dickman of Waushara County and Kay Gilbertson of Dunn County have been appointed to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Committee by the Farm Bureau’s state Board of Directors. Their terms begin at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting and Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference, December 2-5, in Wisconsin Dells.
“These Farm Bureau members are among the best and brightest leaders in Wisconsin agriculture,” Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Jim Holte said.
Katie Roth grew up in Darlington on her family’s 330-cow dairy farm. Married in early 2016, Katie works on her husband’s farm Banner Ridge Farms, LLC, as the herdsperson in addition to serving as a program technician for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Grant County. Katie has served a variety of roles in her county Farm Bureau including Young Farmer and Agriculturist chair, secretary and Ag in the Classroom co-Chair. She has also graduated from Wisconsin Farm Bureau Leadership Institute and the American Farm Bureau Women’s Communications Boot Camp.
Lynn Dickman is a research agronomist at Heartland Farms, Inc., a nearly 8,000-acre farm growing potatoes specifically for potato chips near Hancock. She finished her master’s degree in horticulture from UW-Madison in June 2016. She also completed her bachelor’s degree in dairy science at UW-Madison. Lynn grew up on a dairy farm in Argyle and was active in 4-H and FFA. She is the Waushara County Farm Bureau YFA chair, president of the Tri-County FFA Alumni, a member of the Stevens Point Curling Club and City Band and a board member for Meals on Wheels. Lynn was a member of Farm Bureau Institute Class VIII.
Kay Gilbertson lives in Elk Mound with her husband, Kevin and their three children, Brandon, Bailey and Kaleb. As a family, they are active in FFA, 4-H, church and school activities. Along with Farm Bureau they are members of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin. Kay and Kevin manage Gilbertson Farms in partnership with Kevin’s family. They milk 475 cows and farm 1,900 acres. Kay is the general leader of Elk Meadow 4-H Club, Sunday School superintendent at her church and the Dunn County Ag in the Classroom coordinator. Kay is a graduate of UW-River Falls, where she earned her degree in animal science.
The Promotion and Education Committee, which replaced the state’s women committee in 2015, 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, Rosalie Geiger of Reedsville, sits on the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Board of Directors as the program’s representative. The Promotion and Education Program is funded by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation.
For more information about Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Program or committee, call 1.800.261.FARM or visit www.wfbf.com.