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Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer Finalists Named
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 12/29/2016

Five producers will compete to become the winner of the 2017 Outstanding Young Farmer Award next month. Organizers say a special awards weekend is being planned for January 27-29 at the Clarion Hotel/Glacier Rock Conference Center in Baraboo, where the candidates will be interviewed, tested and evaluated by a panel of judges.

The public is invited to an awards banquet on Saturday night, starting with a social hour at 6:00 p.m. Past OYF participants will also have a reception the same evening to celebrate the 64th year of OYF in Wisconsin. And a 'Speak up for Agriculture' award winner will be named, as well.

The group of candidates will spend part of the weekend touring farms and area businesses in Sauk County.

This year's nominees include Adam Faust, Chilton; Rufus Haucke, Viola; Amy Raboine & Marques Koenig, Reedsburg; Derrick & Amy Zernicke, Bonduel; and Sam & Jennifer Zimmerman, Ringle.

Winners are selected based on progress in their agricultural career, soil and water conservation and contributions to community, state and nation.

Meanwhile, last year's state winners, Mark and Angie Ulness of Valders, were recently named as top 10 finalists for the National OYF competition, slated for February 9-12 in Greenville, South Carolina.

The Wisconsin OYF program was developed in 1954 to recognize the younger generation of successful agriculturists in the state. Farmers younger than 40 years of age who derive at least two-thirds of their income from farming are eligible to apply for the annual award.

For more information or to register for the event, call 715-833-9649 or go to:

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