Members of the Wisconsin Pork Association attended the 2013 WPA Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells. At the meeting, the membership re-elected Mike Beisbier, Reedsburg, and Tom Knauer, Avalon, to a second term on the board. In addition, Jonathan Wyttenbach, Sauk City, was elected to his first term on the board. Mike Salter, Black Creek, completed his second term and was not eligible to run.
Elected as officers for the coming year were: Howard AV Roth, Wauzeka, President; Mike Beisbier, Reedsburg, Vice President; Tom Knauer, Avalon, Treasurer; and Bill Gnatzig, Secretary. Other directors on the board include: Bob Spurley, Linden; Jessica Boehm, Stoughton; Jim O'Neill, Spring Green; and Gary Skalitzky, Waterloo. Many thanks to everyone who volunteers their time to serve on the board of directors.
In addition, the membership approved resolutions for the upcoming year. Included were resolutions on: animal care, PRRS, agricultural operation interference, affirmation of Wisconsin's groundwater law, implements of husbandry update, and premises registration funding. For a copy of the complete resolutions, please contact WPA at 1-800-822-7675.
All pork producers had the opportunity to vote for delegates to serve at the 2014 National Pork Industry Forum. Elected to serve as Pork Act Delegates were Tom Knauer, Mike Beisbier, and Jim Magolski, Alternate.
WPA recognized scholarship recipients during the organizations' annual meeting,
The Whitmore Memorial Scholarship was established as a legacy to the late Rex Whitmore, a master statesman and communicator who served as the first executive director of the Wisconsin Pork Association. Applicants must be a junior or senior at University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Platteville or UW-River Falls. Each university selects a candidate to represent their school in the selection of this scholarship.
The 2011 finalists were: Jonathan Clothier, UW-Platteville, son of Bill and Peggy Clothier of Clinton; Devan Brugger, UW-Madison, daughter of Mike Brugger, Monroe; and Megan Kelly, UW-River Falls, daughter of Bob Kelly and Barb Morehouse, La Crosse.
The $500 scholarship was awarded to Devan Brugger. Jonathan Clothier and Megan Kelly were awarded a $250 scholarship from the Wisconsin Pork Association. The candidates are evaluated based on grade point average, extracurricular activities, career orientation, and financial need.
Jonathan Clothier is currently attending UW-Platteville as a senior and is majoring in Agricultural Business. He is a member of the Clinton FFA Alumni and the UW-Platteville Block and Bridle Club. He has been employed at the Pioneer Farm Swine Center for the last four years, where he is active in organizing their show pig and bred gilt sales. Upon graduation this spring, he will return to the family farm to continue to raise pigs as his father and grandfather have done for many years.
Devan Brugger is a senior at UW-Madison. She is majoring in Animal Science-Business Emphasis & Life Sciences Communications. She is an active member of UW-Madison Saddle & Sirloin, has served as the Bucky's Spectacular Chairman and has been Co-Chairman of Badger Kick-Off Classic Silent Auction. In addition, she is a UW-Madison Collegiate Farm Bureau member and has been active in the Wisconsin Show Pig Association since its inception. She maintains her own sow herd, consisting of 19 females, which she farrows for youth pig projects.
Megan Kelly is currently attending UW-River Falls, majoring in animal science and crop science. She is an active member of Alpha Tau Alpha and the Ag Ed Society on campus. In addition, she has hosted future UWRF students to showcase the Ag Ed program for Shadow Day. She recently had an internship with Babcock Genetics in their hog research center, where she participated in herd management, animal handling, and insemination/collection.
This $500 scholarship is presented each year to a high school senior who will be pursuing further education with an interest in agriculture. Each of the other four finalists that were selected will also be receiving a $250 scholarship. The five finalists are: Mikayla Wehrle, daughter of Rick and Ann Wehrle, New London; Kurt Weisensel, son of Beth and Greg Weisensel, Edgerton; Jennifer Postuhuma, daughter of Brian and Marcia Posthuma, Fox Lake; Maggie Larson, daughter of Rich and Teri Larson, Alma Center; and Autumn Quinn, daughter of John and Beverly Quinn, Janesville.
The recipient of the 2013 Wisconsin Pork Association Scholarship is Kurt Weisensel. Kurt has been active in 4-H and FFA, and is a member of the Wisconsin Pork Association and the Wisconsin Show Pig Association. Kurt plans on attending a technical college before transferring to UW-Platteville, where he would like to study an agricultural field. Kurt has been breeding and farrowing sows for eight years, and he would eventually like to increase the size of his herd.
Source: Wisconsin Pork Association