Retiring State Rep. Barbara Gronemus was presented the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation's "Distinguished Service to Agriculture" award at the organization's 89th annual meeting held Dec. 5-7 at Wisconsin Dells.
Rep. Gronemus, D-Whitehall, known to everyone under the capitol dome simply as "Bobby," proudly calls herself "a farmer's daughter." She received the highest individual honor in recognition of service to Wisconsin agriculture that Farm Bureau bestows.
Rep. Gronemus holds the distinction of being the first woman to chair the Assembly's Agriculture Committee. She did not seek re-election and is retiring from the Legislature in January.
Young Farmer Achievement Award
Manitowoc County dairy farmers Brent and Beckie Sinkula were selected the winners of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmer Achievement Award. The Achievement Award goes to a young farmer who has excelled in their production farming operation, understanding of current issues affecting agriculture, and their leadership and involvement in Farm Bureau and local community.
The couple operates a 400-cow dairy that they own with his parents, Ervin and Cheryl Sinkula. Brent, 35, is a graduate of the dairy herd management program at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, and is currently the president of the Manitowoc Dairy Herd Improvement Association. Beckie, 31, is a promotional model and works in cosmetology. The couple has three children: Mason, 12, Gavin, 5 and Savannah, 3.
The Sinkulas will compete in the national Achievement Award contest at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 90th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Jan.11.
Excellence in Agriculture Award
Alissa Grenawalt of Rock County was selected the winner of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture contest. The Excellence in Agriculture winner is selected based on their leadership, involvement in Farm Bureau and their local community, understanding of current issues affecting agriculture.
Grenawalt, 32, has worked as the 4-H and youth agent for the University of Wisconsin Extension-Green County for the past seven years. She helps coach youth events such as livestock judging and quiz bowl. She also oversees Green County's popular mobile educational display on a trailer called The Family Farm Adventure.
Grenawalt serves on the Green County Farm Bureau's Board of Directors, and chairs its Ag in the Classroom, and farm safety committees.
Grenawalt will compete in the national Excellence in Agriculture contest at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 90th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.