Background: how you got involved with sustainability?
I am a fourth generation farmer in Wisconsin. Our family has lived and farmed here since early 1900s. Through my involvement with the Dairy Business Association, I learned about the farmer-led watershed groups forming around the state. Knowing this was a growing interest I wanted to help maintain our ability to farm in our area and help communication to the non-ag world what farmers were already doing to maintain and help water quality and soil health.
What is the mission of WWCC?
I am also the president of Western Wisconsin Conservation Council (WWCC) which is our local farmer-led watershed group. We use research, collaboration, and financial resources to promote farming best practices that keep soil healthy and water clean. Our aim is to bring benefit to the whole community while preserving family farming as a way of life.
Why did you want to be a part of FSF and serve on the board?
I wanted to help in any way I can whether that be getting the word out to more farmers or help give farmers a voice in our communities and show how farmers can be a solution and sustainable.
Why should others join FSF?
Because it includes the farmers voice that has the best interest in mind on how to improve sustainability – not only from an environmental standpoint but also community and economic standpoint.