WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — Nate Zimdars of Dane County was selected the winner of the 2023 Wisconsin Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Agriculturalist Discussion Meet during the organization’s 104th Annual Meeting and YFA Conference on December 3.
The Discussion Meet is a panel discussion in which Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35 are judged on their ability to express their ideas and opinions and reach a solution on current issues affecting agriculture.
Zimdars was most recently a farm broadcaster with the Mid-West Farm Report. As of Dec. 4, he will be a machine operator with Emmi Roth Cheese in Stoughton.
He grew up on a small hobby farm outside of Ripon raising sheep and poultry. He attended UW-Fond du Lac and UW-Madison majoring in political science and history. He is a former state FFA Officer and Wisconsin FFA Alumni President. Zimdars is a graduate of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Leadership Institute Class XII and is a former county Farm Bureau board member.
Zimdars will represent Wisconsin during the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in January. He will receive $1,500 courtesy of GROWMARK, Inc. and is eligible to participate in the 2025 YFA Washington, D.C. Fly-In.
Along with awards from Farm Bureau, Rural Mutual Insurance and GROWMARK, Inc., the winner was presented with a chainsaw courtesy of Blain’s Farm and Fleet.
Other finalists included Issac Christenson of Polk-Burnett Farm Bureau, Paul Lippert of Wood County Farm Bureau and Brooke Trustem of Rock County Farm Bureau.
Jackowski Wins Collegiate Discussion Meet Contest
Ethan Jackowski, a student at UW-Madison, was selected the winner of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Collegiate Discussion Meet contest.
Jackowski is a sophomore at UW-Madison pursuing a degree in biochemistry and a public policy certificate.
Jackowski found his passion for agriculture when he joined FFA his freshman year of high school. He currently serves as the vice president of Collegiate Farm Bureau at UW-Madison and looks forward to continuing to advocate for agriculture in his future career.
The Collegiate Discussion Meet is a panel discussion in which collegiate members are judged on their ability to lead a committee discussion on current issues affecting agriculture and to develop consensus on an action plan to effectively address issues.
By participating, members build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach a consensus and solve problems.
Jackowski will receive a $1,500 scholarship courtesy of GROWMARK, Inc. and will represent Wisconsin in the national Collegiate Discussion Meet held in conjunction with the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers conference in Omaha, Nebraska.
Other finalists included Amanda Bender from UW-Madison, Brooke Casey and Katie Zimmer from UW-River Falls and Isaac Ward and Katelyn Meinholz from UW-Platteville.
— Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation