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Von Ruden Re-Elected President of Wisconsin Farmers Union
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/01/2017

Vernon County dairy producer Darin Von Ruden was elected to his eighth term as president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union. The Westby farmer was voted in by his colleagues during the group's annual convention in Wisconsin Dells last weekend.

A lifelong member of the WFU, Darin has served as the group's District 5 director for the past 10 years. He also leads the WFU Foundation Board of Directors, serves on the National Farmers Union Board and is chairman of the NFU Membership Committee.

"Family, civic engagement, cooperation and community are among the values that bring us together today," Von Ruden said during his annual address. "They also are the very values that the charter members of Wisconsin Farmers Union rallied around during our founding in 1930. WFU has a whole set of issues we work on that are neither conservative nor liberal but are rooted in our shared values. We need to engage on those issues, and we have to do it in the way that we've done it throughout our rich history: through grassroots organizing, civic engagement, and by building coalitions."

Also during last week's meeting, Craig Myhre of Osseo was re-elected vice president; Chris Holman from Custer is the new secretary; and Ed Gorell of Osseo was chosen as treasurer. Other board members include Linda Ceylor, Catawba (newly elected); Mark Liebaert, South Range; Rick Adamski, Seymour; Tina Hinchley, Cambridge; and Dennis Rosen, Emerald.

Meanwhile, several members were honored with Builders Awards, which is one of the highest honors the organization gives out to supporters. This year's recipients were Gerald and Char Croes, Deer Park; Kristi Gorell, Osseo; and Dan Richardson, Arkansaw.

Kriss Marion of the South Central chapter was recognized for achieving the Silver Star Award, the highest honor bestowed in recognition of membership recruitment efforts. Marion helped establish WFU's South Central Chapter in 2014 and has since been energetically recruiting members.

And Friend of the Family Farmer awards were presented to Sen. Robert Cowles, Rep. Mark Spreitzer, and Jim Vandenbrook of the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association.

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