Ag Chat with Kristin Smith- Jan. 11th

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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has chosen a honey producer from Central Wisconsin to be on the National Honey Board. Douglas Hauke of Marshfield will be one of six new board members that were chosen by Perdue. The other five new board members are from Arizona, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana and Texas. The National Honey Board consists of 20 board members from across the country who will serve three year terms.

Culver's, the Wisconsin based restaurant chain has done it again. In 2017, roughly 650 Culver's restaurants in 24 states and the chain's support center donated over $400,000 to agricultural education initiatives in schools and organizations like the National FFA Organization, bringing Culver's total Thank You Farmers Project donations to more than $1.7 million. Culver's Thank You Farmers Project, which is entering its sixth year, is designed to thank the people who have made Culver's the success it is today: the American farmer. Of the total amount donated approximately 75 percent has come from guests supporting local fundraising at Culver's restaurants. The additional donated dollars comes from Culver's sponsorship and funding of initiatives that benefit the National FFA Organization and Foundation, which helps more than 653,000 student members.

Wisconsin has some new royalty as of last night. At the 2018 annual convention for the Wisconsin Fair Association Isabella Haen of Kewanuee County was crowned the newest Fair of the Fair. She graduated from Fox Valley Technical College this past spring majoring in Agribusiness/Science Technology. She works full time as a Herdsperson, at Kinnard Farms Incorporated and in her position she cares for the well being of 7,200 animals working in maternity on the farm as well as providing healthcare and sanitation for the livestock. The 1st runner up was Ashley Miller, Sheboygan County, 2nd Runner up was Madison Stronach, Walworth County, 3rd Runner up Michelle Knapp, Kenosha County and 4th Runner up was Kaitlin Konder, St. Croix County.

The annual Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention was hosted by the Wood County juniors in Stevens Point, earlier this week with more than 400 Holstein members, chaperones, and volunteers in attendance. And one of the big honors of the night was announcing the new Outstanding Holstein Boy and Girl at the convention. Joseph Opsal of Dane County and Carley Krull from Jefferson County took home that honor and will now compete at the National Holstein Convention this summer in Traverse City, Michigan. Another winner at the convention from our area was the Polk County Senior Dairybowl Team, they will be competing at the national level this summer. And Wisconsin has a new Holstein Princess and attendant. Allison Breunig of Dane County was crowned the Holstein Princess and Brooke Trustem from Rock County will be the personal attendant. They will have a busy year as the two will travel to Holstein Shows, Junior events and other activities.

Today is day 2 and the final day of the 40th annual Midwest Farm Show at the LaCrosse Center. The show will start this morning at 9 and run until 3:30 this afternoon.

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