Charlie Oberhaus of Waukesha County, Julie Wadzinski of Barron County and Tammy Wiedenbeck of Grant County have been appointed to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist (YFA) 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 individuals are among the best and brightest young leaders in Wisconsin agriculture and will make great additions to the YFA Committee,” Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Jim Holte said.
Charlie Oberhaus works on Cozy Nook Farm, a dairy farm near Waukesha managed by his parents Tom and Joan Oberhaus. Charlie is a graduate of UW-Madison’s Farm and Industry Short Course. After high school Charlie formed Cozy Nook Trucking LLC, a one-truck business that he operates full-time along with working at his home farm. He is a member of the Waukesha County Farm Bureau.
Julie Wadzinski is a farm and production management instructor at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College where she works with farmers to get on the latest technology and methods for improving farm longevity. She is a graduate of UW-River Falls and a Barron County Farm Bureau member. In her free time, she likes to read, take videos and pictures of her son, ride bike and seek adventure. Julie and her son, Bryan, live in Rice Lake.
Tammy Wiedenbeck is a field representative for Equity Livestock Sales Cooperative. She assists farmers in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa with livestock marketing. Tammy owns 20 shorthorn and angus beef cows. She is a member of the Grant County Farm Bureau, secretary of the Grant County Cattleman’s Association, board member of the Lancaster FFA Alumni and lifetime member of UW-Platteville alumni.
The WFBF YFA Committee consists of nine couples or individuals (ages 18-35) from across the state. Its goal is to get more young farmers and agriculturists acquainted with and involved in Farm Bureau. They carry out a variety of statewide initiatives, such as conferences, contests and award programs. The YFA Program is funded by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation.
For more information about Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s YFA Program or committee, call 1.800.261.FARM or visit www.wfbf.com.