James Costello of Malone was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (RC&D). A charter member of Glacierland RC&D in northeast Wisconsin, Costello received the award at the annual Leadership Forum of the National RC&D held recently in Washington, D.C. Only two RC&D members from around the country are placed into the Hall of Fame each year.
Costello was singled out for this prestigious award because of his lifetime of service to his community and county and because of his valuable service to the RC&D program in northeast Wisconsin. In addition to being a charter member of Glacierland RC&D, Costello served as president from 1996 to 2002, and vice president from 2002 to the present. He has been on the executive board since Glacierland RC&D's inception, and was instrumental in its establishment as a federally designated council and its growth since 1993.
Costello has been very involved in many other organizations over the years, including serving as president and vice president of East Central Select Sires Co-Op, director of the Federal Land Bank of Fond du Lac, president and member of the board of directors of Agriland Co-Op, board of directors of Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives, president of Fond du Lac County Guernsey Breeders Association, 4-H member and adult leader, St. Mary's Springs High School board of directors, vice chairman of East Wisconsin Counties Railroad Consortium, president of District 6 Associated County Extension Committees, Inc. and vice president of Wisconsin Associated County Extension Committees board of directors, president and vice chairman of Great Lakes Nonpoint Pollution Abatement Coalition, and member of Wisconsin Counties Association Agriculture Steering Committee. In addition, he has been a member of the Fond du Lac County Board since 1993. In 1991, he was honored with the Master Agriculturist Award by the Wisconsin Agriculturist magazine.
A retired dairy farmer, Costello and his wife, Betty, developed a herd of 200 Guernsey dairy cattle which became one of the top-producing herds in the nation. They have four sons and one daughter (deceased), 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.