September 5, 2017 at 3:32 p.m.

People in the Dairy Industry

MN Farmers Union sending seven women to leadership conference in Bailey, CO
Seven Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) women will be attending the National Farmers Union Women's Conference in Bailey, Colorado from June 20-24, and they are: Heidi Svingen of Benson, Janet Lundebrek of Benson, Lourdes Flores Hanson of Woodbury, Patricia Kasella of Royalton, Linda Larson of Rosemount, Pat Irrthum of Wanamingo, and MFU Communications Director Katie Fitzsimmons.
The conference objective is to provide participants with tools and information to confidently manage risks in their farm or ranch operations. This will be done with a variety of trained instructors teaching family farm finances, budgeting and cash flow, cooperatives, marketing, farm transfer and estate planning, business planning, leadership assessment and skills, generational issues, and action planning.

Nelson promoted to Wisconsin Holstein
Association executive director
Larry Nelson has been promoted and is the executive director of the Wisconsin Holstein Association. Nelson joined the association as the member services last fall.
He brings a business background in the dairy industry and outside of agriculture, having worked in the public and private sector. The change is designed to help move the Wisconsin Holstein Association forward and strengthen its place in the dairy industry. Nelson will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the association, including membership, employee relations, and operational needs.
Nelson was a marketing manager with both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a laser printer company. He has been the content management coordinator for and the Excell-GM mating program coordinator at SemexUSA.
Nelson received his dairy science and communications degrees from UW-Madison. He grew up on Thimble-Peak Holsteins, a registered Holstein farm near Ettrick, Wis. Nelson continues his involvement in the family's dairy farm.

Bengtson is new corn Agvocate
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association has announced the new Agvocates (Advocates for Agriculture) for 2012-2013. One of the new Agvocates is Michaela Bengtson of Kandiyohi.
Currently in its third year, the Agvocate program is designed to encourage the development of young leaders in agriculture. It also strives to create awareness of issues facing corn farmers and develop young leaders into skilled advocates for these issues.
Bengtson will be a junior this fall at the University of Minnesota where she is double majoring in the teaching and communications tracks of agricultural education. She hopes to one day become an agriculture teacher or work in a promotions or marketing position. Bengtson also helps out on her family's dairy and crop farm, including coordinating their annual PALS Day on the Farm when 50 students visit and experience life on the farm for a day.
Agvocates will receive a $3,000 scholarship.

Bragger named 2012 Buffalo County
Dairy Princess
Rosli Bragger, daughter of Joe and Noel Bragger of Independence, Wis., was crowned Wisconsin's 2012 Buffalo County Dairy Princess at the 23rd Annual Dairy Princess Contest June 7 at the Hilltop Bar and Ballroom and hosted by the Buffalo County Dairy Promotion Committee.
Bragger was also chosen as Miss Congeniality and received a cash award sponsored by the Waumandee State Bank.
Chosen as first attendant was Morgan Lund, daughter of Chuck and Betty Lund of Mondovi; second attendant is Dori Pronschinske, daughter of Patrick and Loretta Pronschinske of Cochrane; third attendant is Nicole Engstrand, daughter of Ron and Theresa Engstrand of Nelson.
They will be representing the dairy farmers of Buffalo County by attending various local parades, participating at the annual dairy breakfast June 23 and hosted by Marty and Becky Hallock Family Dairy Farm of Mondovi, working at the county fair, and other dairy-related activities throughout the year.

Janak ag intern for U of M Extension in
Meeker and McLeod Counties
Jennifer Janak will work this summer as the 2012 Agricultural Intern in Meeker and McLeod Counties. This fall she will be a junior at the University of Minnesota studying animal science with a dairy production emphasis. At the University, she is a member of the Gopher Dairy Club, Beta of Clovia Sorority, and Collegiate Agri-Women.
Janak lives with her family on a small hobby farm in Northfield. Her interest in agriculture began with the 4-H Youth Program of Dakota County as well as having the privilege to work on a dairy farm in Lakeville for several years.
She will be working on several different projects throughout the summer, including assisting with educational field days, providing technical advice and creating an educational webinar. This experience will help to increase her knowledge of the agriculture industry and she can't wait to see what Meeker and McLeod Counties have to offer!

Floersheim named in top 10 honor students at Little Falls Community High School
Ingrid Floersheim, the daughter of Marv Miller and Teresa Floersheim-Miller, of Little Falls, Minn., represents one the top 10 honor students for the Little Falls Community High School's graduating class of 2012.
Throughout high school, Floersheim was involved in soccer, Nordic skiing, track and field, DECA, wind ensemble, Math League and the NHS. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, fishing, reading, swimming and hanging out with friends.
In the fall, Floersheim will attend Concordia College to obtain a degree in anthropology to pursue a career in archaeology.
Floersheim's step-father, Marv, and his brother, Ron Miller, own and operate Enchanted Dairy where they milk 1,600 cows.

Baker named Wisconsin's Crawford
County Dairy Princess
Mikaela Baker was named the 2012 Crawford County Dairy Princess at the recent Crawford County Dairy Kick-Off Banquet in Eastman, Wis.
Baker, 16, is the daughter of Gerald and Dawn Baker. On their 120-acre dairy farm near Ferryville, Baker milks cows and cares for calves. She is a home-schooled high school junior. Her future plans include attending college for an associate degree in nursing.

Welper, Kliebenstein to wed
Morgan Welper and Nathan Kliebenstein plan to marry Sept. 8 in Churchdown, Wis. Welper is currently employed as a Dairy Procurement Specialist at Genex Cooperative in Shawno, Wis. Kliebenstein is currently the owner and operator of Kliebenstein Farms in Darlington, Wis., a fourth-generation dairy farm with 175 head of dairy cattle. The couple plans to make their home together on the farm.
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