District 21 (Crawford and Vernon counties)
Incumbent Kevin Walleser of De Soto is challenged by Carrie Callahan of Prairie du Chien.
Candidate: Carrie Callahan
Farm Name (if applicable): Callahan Farms
County of Residence: Crawford
When did you begin dairy farming? We bought the farm two years ago after farming with my in-laws for about ten years.
How many cows do you milk? Around 120 cows
Where do you ship your milk? AMPI
Please name any ag-related organizations or affiliations you belong to:
Crawford County Farm Bureau
Why do you want to serve on the WMMB Board?
I want to serve on the WMMB because I feel as a dairy producer I have an obligation to my business and the industry as a whole, to do my part to help inform and educate consumers about what we do in order to keep dairying a viable and profitable industry. While I try to do this on a personal level every day, I feel that I should get more involved at a greater level.
What else should dairy producers in your area know about you?
I was raised on a family dairy farm just outside of Prairie du Chien. My parents, Alan and Deanne Hromadka, taught me a lot about the industry and business of dairying. After leaving the farm for a couple years, I returned to farming with my now husband, Josh Callahan where we farmed with my in-laws, while I worked as a team leader at the local farm store. There, I saw firsthand the importance of good marketing on consumer trends. After we bought the family farm from my in-laws and modernized our operation, I now have more time to devote to the things I am passionate about; our dairy industry is one of those things.