S4166 Orchard Rd., Viroqua, WI 54665
From candidate website
My history here begins in 1957 when my parents bought a hardscrabble farm near Cashton, and started a dairy farm. My parents raised my sisters and me on that farm. They taught us that the harder we worked the better off we would be. Because of our hard work, we prospered and our lives improved.
My education began in a rural, one-room school with 16 students in eight grades. I graduated from Cashton High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, graduating with a degree in animal science. I married my college sweetheart, Darlene, and in 1975, we began to dairy farm near Viroqua. We raised our three children, Melanie, Wyatt and Evan with the same rural values instilled in me by my parents. My family and business benefited from the good roads, great schools, and the local businesses that served our dairy farm.
Throughout my life, I have served on councils, boards and committees at local, state and national levels. I was president of a local farmer-producer co-op for years and served on our regional co-op board. I have been a member of the National Holstein Board of Directors, which is the largest dairy breed association in the world.
My family was honored by the Center for Dairy Profitability in 1998 with the Dairy Farm Family of the Year Award. In 2011, I was named a Wisconsin Master Agriculturalist and in 2012 I was awarded Outstanding Wisconsin Holstein Breeder by the Wisconsin Holstein Association. I am honored to have been recognized by these respected organizations but was most satisfied by the attention these recognitions brought to our corner of Wisconsin.