District 3 (Lincoln, Oneida, Price and Taylor counties)
Candidate: Renee Zenner
Farm Name (if applicable): R&J Zenner Farms, LLC
County of Residence: Taylor
When did you begin dairy farming? The farm has been in the Zenner family for 134 years and I have farmed with my husband, fourth generation, and his mom and dad for the past 15 years.
How many cows do you milk? 100 cows
Where do you ship your milk? Mullins Cheese
Please name any ag-related organizations or affiliations you belong to:
Medford Cooperative (currently board chair)
Have you (or your farm) received special recognition or won any relevant awards?
Century Farm Status
Why do you want to serve on the WMMB Board?
I would like the opportunity to serve on the WMMB to further promote an industry that has been crucial in the success of the state of Wisconsin. As the agriculture industry contributes so highly to the state's economy and dairy is the largest segment of Wisconsin agriculture, it is imperative to constantly create new and innovative ways to endorse this industry. In order to be able to retain and create jobs in Wisconsin, we need agriculture to thrive and this can be done through proper research, education and promotion. Family dairy farming in Wisconsin is not only a business, but a culture that should be preserved and this can be achieved through proper promotion of the products it produces.
What else should dairy producers in your area know about you?
Fellow dairy producers should know that I am passionate and committed about what I believe in, and I believe that the farming industry is an extremely important part of our economy and way of life. If elected to the board, I will use that passion and commitment to help maintain and grow the milk industry both locally and statewide. In our community, I am also actively serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Medford Cooperative and am the clerk for the Town of Hammel.