Sydney Flick is the winner of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Agriculturalists Farming for the Future Award. Kaitlyn Kesler is the winner of the Outstanding Agriculture Professional Award.
Flick is the farm manager at her family’s farm Jazzy Jerseys in Lodi. Flick manages the cows, team members and accounting for the 800-cow dairy. Recently the farm added a farm store and began retail selling beef, both of which she currently manages.
“This contest recognizes young farmers who excel in their farm involvement, future goals, leadership abilities and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations,” says WFBF President Kevin Krentz. “Sydney is a strong voice for Wisconsin farmers and an incredible agriculture advocate.”
The Farming for the Future Award is presented to a Farm Bureau member between the ages of 18 to 35 who derive a majority of their income from on-farm production.
In addition to her dedication to her family’s farm, Flick is also involved in a number of agricultural organizations. She is active in dairy promotion and serves as the Cows on the Concourse committee chair. Flick is also the YFA chair for Columbia County Farm Bureau.
Other finalists: Jacob and Eliza Bobolz of Rock County, Brad Laack of Sheboygan County and Victoria Wachholz of Marquette County.
Kesler is the director of communications and outreach for the Wisconsin Beef Council. Her passion for agriculture started on her family’s registered Jersey farm near Gays Mills. She served as the 48th Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs and the 71st Alice in Dairyland. In 2022, Kesler received the WFBF 35 under 35 Award for Sustainable Storytelling because of her work with the Wisconsin Beef Council. She’s currently participating in the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Leadership Institute.
“This contest recognizes our young members who have gone above and beyond for agriculture within their communities,” says WFBF President Kevin Krentz. “Kaitlyn exemplifies the impact Wisconsin Farm Bureau members have in rural communities across the state.”
The Outstanding Agriculture Professional Award is presented to a Farm Bureau member between the ages of 18 to 35 who excels in their leadership abilities, agriculture involvement, and participation in Farm Bureau and other civic and service organizations. Applicants are agriculturists who have not derived a majority of their income from a farm (that they own) in the past three years.
Other finalists: Julie Sweney of Dodge County, Brooke Trustem of Rock County and Tammy Wiedenbeck of Grant County.