Richard Stadelman was presented the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s “Distinguished Service to Agriculture” award during the organization’s 95th Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells on December 7.
The Distinguished Service to Agriculture is awarded for outstanding contributions to Wisconsin’s agricultural industry. Richard Stadelman retired as the Wisconsin Towns Association’s Executive Director in August.
“Rick has been a strong supporter of Wisconsin’s Right to Farm law and the use value assessment of farmland,” said Jim Holte, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation President. “He was also a key partner in securing support for Wisconsin’s update to implement of husbandry laws this year.”
“A true friend of agriculture, throughout his career Rick’s leadership played a big part in creating state standards for siting livestock farms and the farmland preservation program.”
The Wisconsin Towns Association is a voluntary association of 1,255 towns and 18 villages. Stadelman began his career with the Towns Association in 1979. He first served as general legal counsel. In 1984 he became its legislative representative, and was named executive director in 1987.
Stadelman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1972. He served as Assistant District Attorney from 1973-74 in Shawano and Menominee counties. He was twice elected District Attorney of these counties in 1974 and 1976. After that he practiced law in Shawano while working on a part-time basis for the Towns Association.
As Executive Director of Wisconsin Towns Association, he served on several Legislative Council Special Study Committees and several advisory committees for state agencies including the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Livestock Siting Advisory Committee and Working Lands Committee.
Rick and his wife, Sue, live in the Town of Richmond, along the Red River near Shawano. They have four children.