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Members Appointed to WFBF's Young Farmer Committee
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 12/03/2019

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau's Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee has three new members. The group's board of directors has appointed Andrew DalSanto of Grant County and Ben & Haily Sand from Dunn County to join the panel, which consists of nine couples or individuals between the ages of 18-35. Their terms will begin at the WFBF's annual meeting and Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference later this week.

"It is exciting to see these young members stepping up and assuming a leadership role in our organization," said WFBF President Jim Holte. "The YFA program is designed to build the next generation of Farm Bureau leaders and these appointees will surely rise to the occasion."

DalSanto grew up on his family's 100-acre farm on the Wisconsin-Illinois state line. He earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural business and with an emphasis in agricultural engineering and a minor in building construction management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2004. He now works for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture as the Feed, Fertilizer and Containment Unit Supervisor.

The Sands purchased their farm south of Menomonie in 2018, where they grow corn, soybeans, rye and fresh produce. In addition to their work on the farm, the couple holds off-farm jobs. Ben is an insurance agent with Rural Mutual Insurance Company, while Haily is an independent agriculture consultant with AgSource.

The YFA aims to get more young farmers and agriculturists acquainted with and involved in Farm Bureau.

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