WFBF honors members at annual meeting

The annual Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting and YFA Conference brings together Wisconsin farmers, agriculture business professionals and supporters to discuss top issues impacting agriculture. The 103rd event was held Dec. 2-5, 2022 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

Waushara County dairy farmer Kevin Krentz was re-elected president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and Rural Mutual Insurance Company at the organization’s 103rd annual meeting on Dec. 4.

Krentz was first elected to the WFBF Board of Directors in 2012 to represent District 5, which includes: Adams, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Juneau, Marquette, Waushara and Winnebago counties.

Krentz started his farming career in 1994 when he purchased his father’s 60 cows. He grew Krentz Family Dairy Inc., to 600 cows and 1,300 acres of crops.

Holte honored

Former Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Jim Holte, right, spends time talking with American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall during a farm tour in Manitowoc County in October 2017.

Former WFBF President Jim Holte received the ‘Distinguished Service to Wisconsin Agriculture’ Award for his outstanding contributions to Wisconsin’s agriculture industry. Holte retired as President of Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and Rural Mutual Insurance Company Boards in 2019. That same year he also retired from the AFBF Board of Directors.

“In all of his roles Jim worked tirelessly to make agriculture a top priority for the state of Wisconsin,” said nominator and WFBF Vice President Dave Daniels.

Holte started his farming career as a dairy farmer before eventually transitioning to a beef and grain farmer.

WFBF President Kevin Krentz joins Rosalie Geiger, who with her late husband Randy Geiger, received the highest award Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation bestows upon its members - the 'Distinguished Service to Farm Bureau' award.

Geigers honored for contributions

Manitowoc County Farm Bureau members Rosalie and the late Randy Geiger received the highest award Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation bestows upon its members – the ‘Distinguished Service to Farm Bureau’ award.

Although Randy died in 2019, WFBF President Kevin Krentz said “it doesn’t diminish his legacy and input to the dairy industry across the nation and around the globe but also his passion for serving others. His passion was contagious.”

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