District 7 (Langlade, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano and Waupaca counties)
Brian Preder (Committee Chair)
Brian developed his passion for the dairy industry on his family’s 60-cow farm. A graduate of UW-River Falls in dairy science, he is the Wisconsin production manager for Genex. Before his appointment to the WFBF YFA Committee, he was the Waupaca County YFA chair. Brian volunteers at the Waupaca County Fair each August where he assists dairy exhibitors.
District 1 (Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties)
Not growing up on a farm, Bob found his passion for agriculture at a young age when he joined 4-H and began showing calves. His passion for agriculture only grew with his involvement in 4-H, which led him to go to UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course. He worked on a farm where his primary duties were working with the fresh cows and herd checks, amongst other fieldwork. Bob works for Mike Karrels Trucking as an operator. After work each day, he works by neighboring farms. Helping with fieldwork, chopping corn and packing the bunker silo are some of his favorite farm jobs.
Bob is the Ozaukee County YFA co-chair and organizes a 3-month winter volleyball league each year, along with other events throughout the county. He helps with membership growth and at the county fair food stand. In the past, he has participated in the discussion meet at the district and state level. In his spare time, he enjoys playing volleyball, auto racing and spending time with his family in Crandon.
District 2 (Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Rock and Sauk counties)
Alison is an assistant vice president in the Farm and Home segment for Compeer Financial. Alison works with farmers and rural residents in portions of Sauk County and all of Juneau County. Alison is on the board of directors for Sauk County Farm Bureau and helps organize Cows on the Concourse, an annual event in Madison that kicks off June Dairy Month. Raised on a hog and grain farm in Illinois, Alison now lives and works in Baraboo.
Tammy is a field representative for Equity Livestock Sales Cooperative. She assists farmers in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa with livestock marketing. Tammy owns 20 Shorthorn and Angus beef cows. She is a member of the Grant County Farm Bureau, secretary of the Grant County Cattleman’s Association, board member of the Lancaster FFA Alumni and lifetime member of UW-Platteville alumni.
District 4 (Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe and Trempealeau counties)
Rosli grew up on her family’s Buffalo County farm and is a certified nursing assistant at Mayo Clinic. Even though her full-time employment is outside of the ag community, she is passionate about incorporating agriculture in her daily life and being an advocate for farmers. In her free time, she works on a nearby farm and assists her sister with her FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience project.
District 5 (Adams, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Juneau, Marquette, Waushara and Winnebago counties)
Sally is a UW–River Falls graduate working as a dairy consultant at Star Blends. She has served as the Juneau County YFA chair since 2014 and is a Class VI Farm Bureau Leadership Institute graduate. In her free time, Turpin enjoys helping on her home farm, previously a dairy now raising beef cow-calf pairs.
District 6 (Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties)
John and Megan Lyons
John and Megan manage the daily operations of John’s family farm. John is a fourth-generation farmer who is transitioning into an ownership role on his family’s century farm. The couple raises beef cattle, crops and provides custom harvesting services. Megan recently completed her doctorate in clinical psychology and is working to address the mental health needs of those in northeast Wisconsin. The couple has been married for nine years and enjoys finding ways to create value-added farm products.
District 8 (Clark, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Price, Taylor and Wood counties)
Beth is a regional program manager for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s Wisconsin Dairy Council. Beth works with K-12 schools in north-central Wisconsin to explain the benefits of drinking milk and works closely with media to promote Wisconsin cheese. Beth is the treasurer of the Marathon County Farm Bureau and is actively involved in her church and the Marathon County Partnership for Progressive Agriculture. Beth and her husband Matt live in Hatley with their son Henry.
District 9 (Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix and Sawyer counties and Superior Shores Farm Bureau)
Julie is a farm and production management instructor at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College where she works with farmers to get on the latest technology and methods for improving farm longevity. She is a graduate of UW-River Falls and a Barron County Farm Bureau member. In her free time, she likes to read, take videos and pictures of her son, ride bike and seek adventure. Julie and her son, Bryan, live in Rice Lake.
Derek and Charisse milk 250 cows at Orthridge Jerseys with his parents on a farm near Lancaster. Derek has a certificate in dairy herdsmanship from Utah State University. He is a board director of the Grant County Farm Bureau and treasurer of the Wisconsin Jersey Breeders Association.
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