District 9 (Menominee, Shawano and Waupaca counties)
Candidate: Jeff Strassburg
Farm Name (if applicable): Strassburg Revocable Trust
County of Residence: Shawano County
When did you begin dairy farming? I began dairy farming with my parents right after I graduated from high school in 1990.
How many cows do you milk? 750 cows
Where do you ship your milk? Land O'Lakes
Please name any ag-related organizations or affiliations you belong to:
Bowler FFA Alumni
Dairy Business Association
Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin
Land O Lakes 68-5 unit representative
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
Chairman, Center for Dairy Research Committee (WMMB)
Have you (or your farm) received special recognition or won any relevant awards?
Shawano County Outstanding Young Farmer Award in 2005
Land O'Lakes Outstanding Young Farmer Award in 2006
Ryan Wendler Memorial Award 2011
Century Farm Award 2012 (Fifth Generation)
Why do you want to serve on the WMMB Board?
Currently, I am a director for the WMMB and very excited about getting a chance to represent District 9 for another term. Below I have explained the reasons why I am so passionate about this opportunity.
The dairy industry has been very rewarding for me, and over the years I have developed a network of fellow dairy producers that I speak with regularly and other specialists who I consult with on a daily basis, including my nutritionist, veterinarians, sales people, field staff, dairy co-op leaders and service people. Through talking with these people, I am able to hear other perspectives, which has also helped me make educated decisions on the Board.
I am very grateful to producers in District 9 for electing me three years ago. I have learned a lot about the marketing side of our business. At WMMB, we have many programs in place to create value for Wisconsin milk. With the continued support of the dairy farmers, I hope to be able to represent my fellow dairy farmers' promotional dollars.
What else should dairy producers in your area know about you?
I am part of Strassburg Revocable Trust located near Bowler. When I joined my parents in 1990, we milked 68 cows, and have grown gradually over the years, raising all of our own replacement animals. Our operation currently milks 750 cows.
I have been very active with Brunch on The Farm in Shawano County, setting up educational booths to help educate consumers as to where their food comes from.
I have also been active in Shawano County Dairy Promotions, as well as helping Waupaca County reorganize their Dairy Promotions group.