Four recognized for excellence at Wisconsin Farm Bureau conference

Photo L-R: Ethan Jackowski, Kaitlyn Riley Kesler, Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Kevin Krentz, Syndney Flick, Nate Zimdars

Wisconsin Farm Bureau recognized four influential members during their 104th Annual Conference Sunday.

Nate Zimdars of Dane County was selected the winner of the 2023 Wisconsin Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Agriculturalist Discussion Meet.  The Discussion Meet is a panel discussion in which Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35 are judged on their ability to express their ideas and opinions and reach a solution on current issues affecting agriculture.

Zimdars will represent Wisconsin during the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in January.

Ethan Jackowski was selected the winner of the Collegiate Discussion Meet contest.  Jackowski is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing a degree in biochemistry and a public policy certificate.

The Collegiate Discussion Meet is a panel discussion in which collegiate members are judged on their ability to lead a committee discussion on current issues affecting agriculture and to develop consensus on an action plan to effectively address issues.

Sydney Flick was selected as the winner of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Agriculturalists Farming for the Future Award.  Flick is the farm manager at her family’s farm Jazzy Jerseys in Lodi, Wis. Flick manages the cows, team members and accounting for the 800-cow dairy. Recently the farm added a farm store and began retail selling beef, both of which she currently manages.

Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Kevin Krentz says, “This contest recognizes young farmers who excel in their farm involvement, future goals, leadership abilities and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations.”

Kaitlyn Riley Kesler was selected as the winner of the Outstanding Agriculture Professional Award.  Kesler is the director of communications and outreach for the Wisconsin Beef Council.  She served as the 48th Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs and the 71st Alice in Dairyland.  In 2022, Kesler received the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation 35 under 35 Award for Sustainable Storytelling because of her work with the Wisconsin Beef Council and currently is participating in the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Leadership Institute.

President Krentz says, “This contest recognizes our young members who have gone above and beyond for agriculture within their communities.”

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