The Friends of the WFB Foundation and Steel Cow of Waukon, Iowa, have partnered to create “Maddie”, a project to benefit the WFB Foundation and Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist (YFA) program.
“We are so excited to partner with Steel Cow to support the WFB Foundation,” said Andrea Brossard, WFBF State YFA Chair. “Maddie is a beautiful cow and a great representation of Wisconsin agriculture.”
Each piece that Steel Cow artist Valerie Miller paints has a personality; Maddie, a painting of a Holstein cow is no different. Maddie proves to be purely Wisconsin just by her introduction on the website, which says “Hi, my name is Maddie! I love cranberries and fresh squeaky cheese curds. I’m a big fan of tailgating!”
During June Dairy Month, various Maddie products, all of which are made in the USA by Steel Cow, are available for purchase through July 10. A portion of each product will go to benefit the WFB Foundation and the Young Farmer and Agriculturist program. The YFA program offers opportunities for leadership, skill development and the chance for members ages 18-35 to meet and network with their peers.
To order online, visit friends-of-wfb-foundation.myshopify.com. To download an order form, visit wfbfoundation.com.
What is Steel Cow? Steel Cow is the home of “the girls & friends” and the place to explore the world of American artist Valerie Miller…and around here it’s all about “the girls & friends”, from Greta, to Queenie, to Stella and Dorothy, the list goes on and on. With a camera around her neck and sketch pad in hand, Valerie stomps around fields and farms all over the world searching out the perfect animals to become one of “the girls & friends”. Each with their own whimsy, wit, and personality, and branded with either their farm given name, or the names of family and friends, “the girls & friends” come alive in Valerie’s original paintings. The end result is an image that has the spirit and sweetness of each animal rarely seen by anybody other than the farmer. With over 40 of “the girls & friends” available at Steel Cow in everything from original paintings to necklaces now everybody can collect their own herd.
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 tax deductible entity to support agricultural education and leadership development programs including Ag in the Classroom, Young Farmer and Agriculturists, Women’s Program, Farm Bureau Leadership Institute and the Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapters at UW-Madison, UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls. Established in 1988, the Foundation continues to significantly invest in the next generation of agriculturists.
“Maddie” 2015 Artist Valerie Miller. Copyright 2015 Steel Cow, LLC. All Rights Reserved www.steelcow.com