Four individuals have been selected as Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Ag finalists and will compete in December for the top honor.
The Excellence in Ag award recognizes members of Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist Program who excel in their leadership abilities, and involvement in agriculture, Farm Bureau and other civic and service organizations.
“Four outstanding agriculture advocates are finalists in this year’s state competition. This contest highlights how these fine individuals have positively impacted Wisconsin agriculture and inspire others to do the same,” said Jim Holte, Wisconsin Farm Bureau President.
The four finalists are:
- Beth Schaefer, Marathon County
- Mark and Tiffany Schaffner, Portage County
- Leslie Svacina, St. Croix County
- Tammy Wiedenbeck, Grant County
Excellence in Ag award applicants must have derived a majority of their income from a non-production agribusiness enterprise for the past three years. Examples of occupations of past finalists include: agricultural education instructor, fertilizer salesperson, veterinarian, farm employee, agricultural writer and marketer.
Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist program is open to members between the ages of 18 and 35.
Each finalist must make a presentation and answer questions in front of a three-judge panel during the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s 2015 Annual Meeting/Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, December 4-7.
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation co-sponsors this contest with GROWMARK Inc. and Rural Mutual Insurance Company. Information and applications for all YFA contests may be downloaded from WFBF’s website, wfbf.com.
Last year’s Excellence in Ag award recipient was Dustin Williams from Green County.