Chad and Katrina Gleason, of Lafayette County were selected as the winners of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist Achievement Award. The Gleason’s were presented their award at the organization’s 98th Annual Meeting on December 3.
The Gleasons are fourth generation farmers located north of Shullsburg. They have three children Cassidy, Gage and Kinsey.
On their farm they specialize in dairy beef, where they raise bottle fed calves to finished steers. The family raises about 400 calves per year from local dairy farms. They also grow their own feed on 80 acres of owned and 60 acres of rented land.
Chad enjoys farm-related activities and spending time with others who share his passion for agriculture. Katrina home schools their children and does the books for the farm. She enjoys spending time with the family’s horses, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Farm Bureau’s Achievement Award is a contest that awards farmers between the ages of 18 and 35, who have excelled in their farming career, understand current issues affecting agriculture and have shown leadership and involvement in Farm Bureau and other civic organizations.
The Gleasons will represent Wisconsin Farm Bureau at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
In addition, to the award received Rural Mutual Insurance Company provides a free financial plan and FABICK Cat, Inc. provides 40 hours use of a FABICK skid-steer loader to the winner of the award. The Gleasons will also be invited to the GROWMARK, Inc., annual meeting in August.
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization, representing farms of every size, commodity and management style.
For more information on the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, their annual meeting and awards visit, https://wfbf.com/