Seven exceptional young farmers are finalists for the 61st Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer Awards. The awards program will be held Jan 24-26 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay.
The candidates include:
Todd Augustian, Kewaunee
Christopher Davis, Wisconsin Dells
|Jim & Shelly Grosenick, Watertown
|Jeff & Angela Monson, Richland Center
Kyle Thompson, Barneveld
Eric & Misty Vogel, Athens
Aaron Wachholz, Montello
The OYF candidates are sponsored to the state event by local businesses or other agricultural groups; sponsors can still contribute to the overall event or a specific candidate. The public is invited to attend the Saturday banquet.
The Awards Weekend in Green Bay allows the candidates to network on farm and family issues at the two-day event, and they will participate in a “Speak up for Ag” workshop led by Rochelle Ripp Schnadt, former Alice in Dairyland. The group will also tour Agropur, Packerland Whey Plant, and the dairy operated by Dave & Stacy Jauquet, the 2013 Wisconsin OYF State Winners. For banquet tickets, contact Harold or Cindy Matton at 715-833-9649.
The 2014 state OYF winner will be named Saturday evening at the finale banquet. Also recognized will be runners-up and a “Speak up for Ag” winner. The state winner will be nominated to attend the February 2015 national OYF Awards Congress.
The 2013 state first runners-up, Brian and Nicole Barlass of Janesville, were named to the top 10 finalists for the 2014 OYF Awards Congress to be held Feb. 13-16 in Rapid City, SD. The 2012 state first runners-up Brian and Stephanie Perkins, of Richland Center, were named national winners in New Mexico in 2013.
The OYF award is based on progress in ag career (50%), soil and water conservation (25%) and contributions to community, state or nation (25%). Goals of the OYF program are:
?To foster better urban-rural relations through the understanding of farmers’ challenges, as well as the appreciation of their contributions and achievements;
?To bring about a greater interest in farmers/ranchers;
?To help build an urban awareness of the farmers’ importance and impact on America’s economy.
Now in its 61st year, Wisconsin OYF has had 17 national winners. On the national level, OYF is sponsored by John Deere and the Outstanding Farmers of America Fraternity, and supported by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Source: Wisconsin OYF