Wisconsin Farmers Union President Sue Beitlich announced that Scott Schultz, managing editor of The Country Today, has been hired to fill the newly-created position of executive director for the organization.
"I know Scott will bring passion and energy to this position," Beitlich said. "His experience with farming and rural life issues will provide insight and perspective for this new role. We are excited to have someone like Scott to help move our organization forward and continue to provide excellent service to our members on a daily basis."
As executive director, Schultz is managing the day-to-day operations of the WFU state office, located in Chippewa Falls while Beitlich will continue to handle the future and strategic plans for the organization. Schultz began his new endeavor with a trip to the 2009 NFU Convention in Washington, D.C., on March 8.
WFU is a general farm organization that provides educational opportunities and legislative services to its members. The organization has nearly 2,000 member families across the state, including family farmers, rural residents and consumers.
"I'm looking forward to working with an organization that shares my enthusiasm about all the good that's in our rural countryside. I'll work hard to help strengthen the organization so it can continue helping those good things rise to the surface," Schultz said.
Schultz, a former U.S. Marine who farms near Osseo, has spent much of his life telling stories about rural life. He was first hired at The Country Today as a regional editor for central Wisconsin 21 years ago, and now leaves his post as managing editor for the publication. Schultz's book Rural Routes and Ruts, describes a grassroots look at the evolution of the rural land and its people.
In addition, Schultz is the founder and executive director of The Heartbeat Center for Writing, Literacy and the Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering creative thought and a love for words. He currently serves as a member of the Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction's Advisory Council on Rural Schools, Libraries and Communities and the Marshfield Medical Research Foundation's Personalized Medicine Advisory Council.