Workers at The Main Event in Cecil prepare for the 60th annual Shawano County Ag Awards
Farmers throughout Shawano County were recognized Friday night at the 60th annual Shawano County Agriculture Awards ceremony, which was held at The Main Event in Cecil.
The award ceremony is a great way to recognize the hard work of those in agriculture from Shawano County. Awards handed out were the Outstanding Young Farmer, the Second Miler award, Friends of Agriculture award, Tree Farmer of the Year award, Soil and Water Conservation award, as well as numerous agriculture scholarships.
“We take nominations from around the community,” explained Ag Agent from Shawano County UW-Extension Jamie Patton. “In addition, we’ll also look to our DNR foresters, as well as our land conservation departments to help us identify worthy recipients.”
One of the worthy recipients for the Shawano County Brunch on the Farm Scholarship was Dawn Mroczkowski from the Maple Grove Countryside 4-H organization. She says she already knows what she’d like to do with the scholarship to continue her education in agriculture.
“I’m planning on using my scholarship to attend Fox Valley Technical College for the Agribusiness Dairy Technician program and then hopefully I wan to own and operate our family dairy farm,” said Mroczkowski.
Dean Mehlberg took home the Tree Farmer of the Year award for his work in a field area in Pella.
“It was an ag field that I bought two years ago, 20 acres, and last year we cleaned up the brush and the weeds and planted 14,000 trees,” Mehlberg explained.
Other award winners were Jacob Roth, who took home Outstanding Young Farmer. The Goers Family Dairy Farm received the Soil and Water Conservations Farmer award. Kay Reminger was the recipient of the Friend of Agriculture award. Dale and Debbie Mielke were award the Second Miller Award.
Overall, the annual award ceremony was a success and another great opportunity for those in agriculture in Shawano County to be recognized.