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Young Producer committee members elected during YP summit

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Two open positions were filled on the Accelerated Genetics Young Producer Committee by Charlie Knigge, Omro, Wis., and Ben and Elle Tibor, Minnesota City, Minn. Tim Bowers, Marion, Wis., was re-elected for his second term on the committee. This year Jeff and Tammy Styczynski, Pulaski, Wis., and Jamie and Amy Larson, Evansville, Wis., retired from the Young Producer Committee. Other Young Producer Committee members include: Tom and Katie Grady, Oregon, Wis.; Joe and Donna Parrell, Cross Plains, Wis.; Jerry and Kelly Gimler, Watertown, Wis.; Brian Koch, Waunakee, Wis.; and Dan and Tricia Solum, Spring Grove, Minn.

The Young Producer Committee selects, organizes, and coordinates the yearly activities of the Accelerated Genetics Young Producer Program. Individuals and couples throughout Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa, and northern Illinois make up the committee. This dynamic group encourages producer involvement, plans annual events and provides leadership to facilitate a prosperous program.

The committee elections took place during the annual YP Summit held this year in Tomah, Wis., December 5-6, 2009, at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center. The theme this year was "Innovate, Integrate, Motivate" and producers were able to attend a variety of sessions including "Celebrating Agriculture" and "Championing Agriculture" by Michele Payn-Knoper, Cause Matters Corp.; "Cooperative Connections" by Joel Groskreutz, President and CEO of Accelerated Genetics; "Importance of Complete Calf Care" by Dan Schreiner, Product Specialist for Accelerated Genetics; "Designing Welfare Friendly Housing for Dairy Cows" by Nigel Cook, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and "Forging Farm Business Relationships That Work" by George W. Twohig, J.D., Twohig, Rietbrock, Schneider and Halbach S.C.

In addition to the educational sessions, producers were able to network among one another and spend time talking deeper on many of the topics. The event was capped off with a "Cream of the Crop Dinner and Ball." Producers had the opportunity to leave their barn clothes behind and don their best clothes for a special dinner and dance.

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