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State Pork Producers Honored During Annual Meeting
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/05/2016

The Wisconsin Pork Association has bestowed its top awards and scholarships to its members during the group's annual meeting on Thursday. Held in conjunction with the Corn/Soy Expo in Wisconsin Dells, the WPA presented its Distinguished Service Award to Gary Onan, an animal and foods professor with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. This year's Distinguished Service Industry Honoree Award went to long-time WPA board member Tom Knauer of Avalon.

Zen Miller, a dairy and livestock agent with the University of Wisconsin-Extension program in Outagamie County, was presented with the Agri-Communicator award.

Delegates at the meeting also re-elected Jonathan Wyttenback to another three-year term on the WPA board, and chose Ray Ibeling and Nathan Brickl as new board members.

Meanwhile, a $500 Whitmore Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Kurt Weisensel of Edgerton, who's attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Mikayla Wehrle from New London, attending at the UW-River Falls; and Morgan McCue, Edgerton, studying at UW-Madison, were each awarded a $250 scholarship for being finalists for the award.

The WPA's annual $500 scholarship winner was Jacob Krebs, a senor at Rio High School who plans to attend South Dakota State University in the fall. Other finalists receiving $250 scholarships include Jim Buttles, Wilson; Amber Patterson, Bloomington; Ellie Ries, Lomira; and Caitlyn Wileman, Janesville.

Mikayla Wehrle was also the 2016 Gunderson Memorial Scholarship recipient.

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