The Excellence in Ag award recognizes members of Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist Program those who excel in their involvement in agriculture, leadership abilities, involvement in 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 the Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Jim Holte.
This year’s final four are:
- Beth Schaefer, Marathon County
- Stephanie Stout, Rock County
- Dustin Williams, Green County
- Amanda Zuehls, Marquette County
Excellence in Ag award applicants must derive 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.
The Young Farmer and Agriculturist program is open to Farm Bureau 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 Farm Bureau’s 2014 Annual Meeting/Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, December 5-8.
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation (WFBF) 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, www.wfbf.com.
Last year’s Excellence in Ag winner was Nicole Reese of Rock County.