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Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer Finalists Named
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 12/29/2017

Four producers will compete to become the winner of the 2018 Outstanding Young Farmer Award next month. Organizers say a special awards weekend is being planned for January 26-28 at the Holiday Inn Express in Watertown, 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 65th year of OYF in Wisconsin. And a 'Speak up for Agriculture' award winner will be named.

The group of candidates will spend part of the weekend touring Rosy-Lane Holsteins and Berres Brothers Coffee.

This year's nominees include Justin & Darci Daniels, Hixton; Andy Fisher, Reedsville; Justin & Kotti Hintz, Ogdensburg; and Mike Prochnow, Menomonie.

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, Sam & Jenn Zimmermann of Ringle, were recently named as top 10 finalists for the National OYF competition, slated for February 14-18 in Sacramento, California.

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: http://www.wi-oyf.org.

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