There were a number of awards presented to Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation members at the organization's 94th annual meeting held Dec. 8 at Wisconsin Dells.
Following are the highlights:
Young Farmer Award
Monroe County dairy farmers were selected as the winner of WFBF's Young Farmer and Agriculturist Achievement Award. Corey and Miranda Leis of Cashton milk 300 cows and farm 1,300 acres. Owned jointly with Corey's father, the farm was originally his grandfather's. They also operate a small custom harvesting business.
The couple has three children, is active in Farm Bureau and previously served on the state Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee. Miranda works off the farm at Organic Valley Cooperative and serves on the state Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Board. Corey is a director for the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association.
Farm Bureau's Achievement Award is a contest that awards farmers between the ages of 18 and 35, who have excelled in their farming career, understand current issues affecting agriculture, and have shown leadership and involvement in Farm Bureau and other civic organizations.
Corey and Miranda will compete in the national Achievement Award contest at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 95th annual meeting in January in San Antonio.
They also qualify to attend a trip to Washington, D.C. They will attend the WFBF Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference, and GROWMARK's annual meeting in Chicago in August. FABCO Equipment Inc. provided 40 hours use of a FABCO skidsteer loader, and Rural Mutual Insurance provided a free financial plan to the Achievement Award winner.
Excellence in Ag Award
Nicole Reese of Rock County was selected the winner of the WFBF's Young Farmer and Agriculturist Excellence in Agriculture contest.
The Excellence in Agriculture Award goes to a Farm Bureau member between the ages of 18 and 35 who is actively engaged in agriculture, but derives the majority of their income from an off-farm ag career. The winner is selected based on their knowledge of agriculture, leadership in Farm Bureau and other civic organizations.