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WABA Committees

Two of the many goals of the new Wisconsin Agri-Business Association are; 1) to represent and promote the interests of our members, and 2) to actively engage our members in making our industry the best it can be. In order to meet these goals. It is our hopes that these committees will give your association grassroots advice and input in industry matters that are important to you.

AGRONOMY & PLANT PROTECTION COMMITTEE

The purpose of this committee is to review new and existing fertilizer and chemical issues that can potentially affect our members, and determine what things WABA can be doing to assist our members in these areas. The committee will also serve as an advisory committee in developing and administering training and educational programming (Ex: Custom Applicators Program, Continuing Custom Applicator Program, Agronomy Managers Assessment Center, etc...).

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Eric Clark, WinField United, Madison
Tom Culp, True North Consultants, Madison
Scott Firlus, United Cooperative, Hillsboro
Tony Grapsas, Jay-Mar Inc., Plover
Dan Kropidlowski, Vita Plus, Loyal
Joe Leddy, Agrium, Madison
Stan McGraw, Dodgeville Agri-Service, Dodgeville
Tim Sanders, The DeLong Company, Clinton
Dean Siegenthaler, Crop Max LLC, Mineral Point
Scott Steinke, The Andersons, Arena
Jim Sutter, Helena Chemical Company, Edgerton
Wes VanPelt, CHS, Inc., Inver Grove Heights, MN
Mark Wascheck, Ag 1 Source, Apple Valley, MN
Mike Wichmann, West Central Distribution, New London

FEED COMMITTEE

The purpose of this committee is to review new and existing feed issues that can potentially affect our members, and determine what things WABA can be doing to assist our members in these areas. The committee will also serve as an advisory committee in developing and administering training and educational programming (Ex: Regional meetings for compliance issues for the upcoming Food Safety Modernization Act).

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Jon Accola, Premier Cooperative, Mineral Point
Jeff Booth, Arlington Ag Research Station, Arlington
John Every, Vita Plus, Loyal
Dave Haberman, United Cooperative, Beaver Dam
Kurt Kress, Sherwood Elevator, Sherwood
Brian Orvis, Oakfield Elevator Company, Oakfield

GRAIN COMMITTEE


The purpose of this committee is to review new and existing grain issues that can potentially affect our members, and determine what things WABA can be doing to assist our members in these areas. The committee will also serve as an advisory committee in developing and administering training and educational programming (Ex: Grain Grading Schools).

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Doug Cropp, Landmark Services Cooperative, Cottage Grove
Pat Duffy, Duffy Grain, Columbus
Gary Gard, Didion Inc., Cambria
Porter Martin, Michael Best & Friedrich, Madison
Jacob McFarlin, ADM Grain, Belmont
Brian Orvis, Oakfield Elevator Company, Oakfield
David Wiederholt, Riverdale Ag Service, Muscoda

SEED COMMITTEE

The purpose of this committee is to review new and existing seed issues that can potentially affect our members, and determine what things WABA can be doing to assist our members in these areas. The committee will also serve as an advisory committee in developing and administering training and educational programming.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Jeff Curran, LaCrosse Seed, LaCrosse
Lindsey Drought, WinField, Franksville
Paul Henn, Landmark Services Coop, Prairie du Sac
Tim Hoyt, Monsanto, Arlington
Bill Leakey, Deer Creek Seed, Ashland
Mary Pat Sass, WinField United, Whitehall

WISCONSIN AGRIBUSINESS CLASSIC CONFERENCE COMMITTEE


The purpose of this committee is to help in planning the convention(s) and trade show(s). The committee will be asked to brainstorm ideas to make our convention(s) successful. They will help develop training session topics, breakout session topics, and help in choosing locations, speakers,  programs, and entertainment.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Bruce Andersen, Bio Gro Inc., Cedar Grove
Diane Beels, Vita Plus, Loyal
Shawn Conley, UW-Dept. of Agronomy, Madison
Tom Culp, True North Consultants, Madison
Larry Fiene, WinField United, Prairie du Sac
Tony Grapsas, Jay-Mar Inc., Plover
Guy Mathias, AG Systems, DeForest
Tim Reid, Ziegler Ag Equipment, Whitewater
Matt Ruark, UW-Dept. of Soil Science, Madison
Tim Sanders, The DeLong Company, Clinton
Wes VanPelt, CHS Inc., Inver Grove Heights, MN
Mike Wichmann, West Central Distribution, New London

PUBLIC RELATIONS AND POLITICAL  
ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

The purpose of this committee is to promote and build good working relations with legislators, regulatory agencies, and other associations and groups within the agriculture industry. The committee will proactively work to create and maintain a good business climate for our industry members. The committee will also oversee all political action funds collected within the association and manage those funds to best promote our industry.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Bo DeLong, The DeLong Company, Clinton
Steve Hanvold, ProVision Partners, Stratford
Kurt Hintz, Volm Companies, Antigo
Erik Huschitt, Badger State Ethanol, Monroe
Joe Leedy, Agrium, Madison
Mike Mleziva, United Cooperative, Shawano
Shawn Pfaff, Pfaff Public Affairs, Fitchburg

SAFETY AND RISK MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE


The purpose of this committee is to review new and existing regulatory issues and mandates, and determine what things WABA can be doing to assist our members in safety and compliance. The committee will also serve as an advisory committee to our Safety & Compliance Program.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Patrick Arendt, Winona Agency, Winona, MN
Jeff Breuer, Arlington Ag Research Station, Arlington
Jim Brunker, M3 Insurance Solutions, Madison
Angela Bunker, Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists, Sparta
Scott Butram, The DeLong Company, Clinton
Lauri Cannova, Badger State Ethanol, Monroe
Ryan Duffy, Duffy Grain, Columbus
Scott Hall, Vita Plus, Madison
Howard Hartmann, Hartmann Farms, Lodi
Eric Hobbs, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Milwaukee
Chris Keil, CHS Elburn Cooperative, Darien
Dawn Miller, Allied Cooperative, Adams
Chuck Palmer, Michael, Best & Friedrich, Milwaukee
Scott Steinke, The Andersons, Arena

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Scholarship Committee is to direct and oversee the association scholarship program. The committee will help in determining the scholarship program structure (how many scholarships, how recipients are chosen, etc...), ways to raise funds for the scholarship program (golf outings, silent auctions, etc...), ways to advertise the program, help in selecting the recipients, and help determine the best ways to present the scholarships.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Tim Bauer, Deer Creek Seed, Ashland
Shawn Conley, UW-Department of Agronomy, Madison
Steve Hanvold, ProVision Partners, Stratford
Tim Hoyt, Monsanto, Arlington
Guy Mathias, AG Systems, DeForest
Mark Wascheck, Ag 1 Source, Apple Valley, MN
Mike Wichmann, West Central Distribution, New London

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

As a subcommittee of the Board of Directors, the purpose of the Investment Committee is to address the investments of the association, review their progress on at least a quarterly basis, and to make recommendations to the Board of Directors on strategic changes that should be made to our investment portfolio.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Jon Accola, Premier Cooperative, Mineral Point
Larry Fiene, WinField United, Prairie du Sac
Paul Henn, Landmark Cooperative Services, Prairie du Sac
Tim Hoyt, Monsanto, Arlington