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Association of Women in Agriculture Announces Award Winners

Association of Women in Agriculture Announces Award Winners
Several members at UW-Madison, alumni honored.

The Association of Women in Agriculture recognized special award winners for their outstanding service and contribution to the organization.

Today's Q106 and Dave Ogden were named the 2014 Honored Guest. Q106 is Madison's premier local country station. Ogden hosts the afternoon radio show and is known for his engaging personality and enthusiasm for community events. Ogden and Q106 were huge proponents for AWA's 2013 Breakfast on the Farm, announcing the event on air and promoting it online. Q106 attended BOTF last year to play music and broadcast their show, which greatly increased our publicity.

Susan Orth Rieden, right, was the recipient of the 2014 AWA Outstanding Alumni Award. Presenting the award is student member Michele Gutenberger.

Kylene Cook Anderson received the 2014 Friend of AWA Award. The Friend of AWA is awarded to a person who has contributed significant time and resources to the AWA active chapter during the past year. A 2002 graduate with degrees in dairy science and agricultural journalism, she is AWA's current financial management chair and has served as AWA treasurer and the education committee co-chair. She manages the organization's finances and assets while helping with rent management to provide affordable housing for student members. Her actions have kept AWA financially stable while the organization makes final payments on its house this year. Anderson is currently an account manager at Filament Marketing and volunteers with the 4-H dairy youth in Jefferson County, coaching the Jefferson County Dairy Judging Team. She lives in Whitewater with her husband, Mark, and two children, Isabelle and Kieffer.

Outstanding Alumni

Susan Rieden was the recipient of the 2014 AWA Outstanding Alumni Award. This award is given to an alumnus who has demonstrated dedicated to AWA while excelling in her career. Growing up on her family's dairy and livestock farm in Fennimore, Rieden graduated from UW-Madison in 2006 with degrees in animal science and life sciences communication. She interned with the Wisconsin State Fair, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, and served as the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs in 2005. After graduation, she worked as the communications specialist for PDPW for two years before becoming the sales specialist for World Dairy Expo. Today, Rieden is the sponsorship manager for World Dairy Expo, event coordinator for the Dane County Fair, and an Independent Consultant for Pampered Chef. In addition to her jobs, Susan is also on the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board and co-chairs the Programming Committee for the AWA Corporation Board. Previously Susan Orth, Rieden was married Feb. 14 and currently resides in Mount Calvary.

Kim Bremmer received the 2014 Outstanding Women in Agriculture Award. While in her undergraduate studies, Bremmer lived in the AWA house and served as membership coordinator for the organization. Today, she serves as a dairy nutritionist for Vita Plus, working with cutting edge research to help better manage their operations. She excels in agriculture, being an active member of the Southern Wisconsin Agricultural Group, Common Ground, and WI Women for Ag. Her passion is educating people about the farming industry in her everyday life.

AWA awarded two Outstanding Seniors for 2014. Megan Nelson from Eleva was recognized for her immense involvement in agriculture and extracurricular organizations on campus. Nelson has coordinated events for AWA's annual Breakfast on the Farm, and was crucial for AWA's success in the College Aggies Online competition, helping with a Meet Your Meats educational opportunity, social media posts, and visiting Tyson Foods in Arkansas to promote AWA in the competition. In addition to AWA, she is involved in Saddle and Sirloin, Optima Dance, Pre-Vet-Club, Babcock House, Sigma Alpha, Badger Dairy Club, Poultry Club, the UW-Madison Meat Animal Evaluation Team, and UW-Madison Animal Welfare Judging Team. She has expanded her horizons across campus and served as a peer mentor for the Bradley Learning Community, and was a House Fellow in the Dejope Residence Hall. Nelson currently serves AWA's president, facilitating communication among women in the organization.

Kaitlyn Riley from Mount Zion was also selected for the Outstanding Senior Award. Riley has served as AWA's public relations coordinator for two years and helps manage the communications committee. As a student in the school of Journalism and Mass Communication, she used her education to push AWA into new areas and created an agricultural talk show on WSUM Madison Student Radio called AgChat. AgChat is the first agricultural-based talk show on campus, and received a Student Award for Excellence in the Public Affairs/Talk Show category from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. She has completed several internships that have improved her agricultural communications. Riley is also serving as the public relations coordinator for Badger Dairy Club, is a member of the WSUM News Team, and was the student director of The Badger Report, an electronic news broadcast for web and television. She is currently serving as the 2014 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, promoting the educational and economic opportunities available at local fairs.

Source: AWA
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