Kellie Zahn was selected as the winner of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist Excellence in Agriculture Award at the organization’s 102nd Annual Meeting on Dec. 5th.
Zahn is the agriculture agent for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community where she manages the community gardens, teaches classes on gardening and food preservation and oversees the tribe’s agriculture lands. She is a Certified Crop Advisor and earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from UW-River Falls.
Zahn also enjoys working on her family farm and volunteering in the community.
“This contest highlights individuals who have positively impacted Wisconsin agriculture, Farm Bureau and their communities while motivating others to do the same,” said WFBF President Kevin Krentz. “Kellie is an incredible advocate for agriculture and Farm Bureau member.”
The Excellence in Agriculture Award is presented to a Farm Bureau member between the ages of 18 and 35 who is actively engaged in agriculture but derives the majority of his or her income from an off-farm agricultural career. The winner is selected based on his or her knowledge of agriculture, leadership in Farm Bureau and other civic organizations.
Zahn has been a Farm Bureau member since 2012 and serves as a board member and YFA Chair for the Shawano County Farm Bureau.
Zahn will compete at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia in January and receive $1,500 from GROWMARK, Inc. All finalists in the Excellence in Ag competition will receive a jacket courtesy of GROWMARK, Inc.
Other participants included: Julie Sweney of Dodge County, Stephanie Abts of Manitowoc County; and Julie Wadzinski of Barron County.