“BELIEVER” Contributions

“Believers” are original supporters of the efforts to create a world-class Agricultural Education Center in Northeast Wisconsin and made essential gifts of seed funding at the $10,000 or more level. Their generous support and vision allowed WAEC to hire an Executive Director and begin building infrastructure for the center. Individuals and organizations will be recognized for their support in a prominent location inside the center and celebrated throughout the capital campaign.

Believers (As of December 26, 2014)

Bayland Buildings, Inc. – $10,000

Breeze Dairy Group – $15,000

Cedar Spring Dairy Farm – $15,000

Gerald & Mary Jeanne Censky Family – $10,000

Country Visions Cooperative – $15,000

CP Feeds – $15,000

Norval & Jean Dvorak Family – $10,000

Greendale Dairy – $15,000

Greenstone Farm Credit Services/AgriBank – $20,000

Grotegut Dairy – $15,000

Hall’s Calf Ranch/J & Marlene Hall – $10,000

Investors Community Bank – $10,000

Land O’ Lakes Foundation – $115,000

Majestic Crossing Dairy – $15,000

Meadow Brook Dairy Farms – $10,000

Milk Source, LLC – $15,000

Pagel’s Ponderosa/Dairy Dreams – $10,000

Riesterer & Schnell – $15,000

Robert & Laurie Schetter Family – $10,000

Saxon Homestead Farm – $15,000

Soaring Eagle Dairy – $20,000

Russel Strutz/Strutz Farms Inc. – $15,000

Twin Elm Family Farms/Dale Wagner Family – $10,000

Wayside Dairy – $15,000

A Few Words from our Believers:

“The future of our industry depends on a well-informed public and an appreciation for the important role agriculture plays in all our lives. We believe so strongly in the value this project will bring our industry we made an initial investment.”

Dave Armstrong, President and Chief Executive Officer, GreenStone Farm Credit Services

“Education does not just happen in the classroom. This center will provide both critical hands-on learning experiences for our Lakeshore Technical College students and it will reach countless others whose curiosity and understanding of agriculture will be forever changed.”

Michael A. Lanser, President, Lakeshore Technical College

“The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has chosen to partner with the Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center because we share a similar mission – to advocate, market and educate the public on the importance of Wisconsin’s dairy industry. Collaboration and innovation are imperative to honoring our past and preparing for our future. Together we will play a pivotal role in connecting the public to our important industry.”

James Robson, Chief Executive Officer, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

“American agriculture has a great story to tell. As compared to just a generation ago, fewer farmers are producing more food per acre of land, while using less water and crop inputs. However, over this span of a generation, farmers have been so productive that today less than 2% of the population is now involved in production agriculture. With so few individuals with firsthand knowledge of where their food comes from, it is vital that we tell the great productivity and sustainability story of the American food and agriculture industry. Having everyone understand that story is vital to our future need of producing food using fewer resources to feed a hungry planet.”

Chris Policinski, President and Chief Executive Officer, Land O’Lakes, Inc.