Upcoming Events

  • Corn and Soy Expo, Wisconsin Dells, WI- February 1-2, 2018
  • WPS Farm Show, Oshkosh, WI- March 27-29, 2018

CROP INSURANCE MEETINGS

Meetings will start at 11:00 A.M.

Cover plans & changes for 2018

Lunch (included)

 Guest speaker(s) in the afternoon (see below for information)

Registration is FREE – please contact Michelle at 1-866-528-8336 or

email to:micheller@premierinsurancesolutions.com to reserve a spot at least 7 days prior to the meeting date.

January 16 : Auburndale – Pioneer Bank

5758 Main St. Auburndale, WI

Speaker-Kevan Klingberg, UW Discovery Farms

January 17 : Loyal – American Legion

302 N. Union St. Loyal, WI

Speaker-Steve Bench, Generational Consulting

January : Burlington – Veteran’s Terrace

589 Milwaukee Ave Burlington, WI

Speaker-Steve Bench, Generational Consulting

January 23 : Waunakee – Rex’s Innkeeper

301 N Century Ave Waunakee, WI

Speaker-Shayna Borakove, Estate and Transitional Planning

January 24 : Monroe – Ludlow Mansion

1421 Mansion Dr. Monroe, WI

Speakers-Steve Bench, Generational Consulting & Richard Bollenbeck, Estate Planning Attorney

January 24: Menomonie – Dean and Sue’s

2002 Midway Rd. Menomonie, WI

Speaker-Amber-Radatz– UW Discovery

January 25 : Arena – Grandma Mary’s

216 US-14 Arena, WI

Speaker-Steve Bench, Generational Consulting

January 26 : Baraboo – North Shore (Pump House)

S5718 Wisconsin 123 Trunk Baraboo, WI

Speaker-Mike North, Commodity Risk Management

January 30:  Richfield – Cabela’s

1 Cabela Way, Richfield, WI

Speaker- Steve Darrington – Agmerica Northeast, Soil Expert

January 31: Plymouth – Back 40 Grill

W3820 County Rd C Plymouth, WI

Speaker- Steve Darrington – Agmerica Northeast, Soil Expert

February 6: Watertown – Bank of Lake Mills

400 Bernard St. Watertown, WI

Speaker-Steve Bench, Generational Consulting

February 7: Fennimore – Cottonwood

4716 Green River Rd Fennimore, WI

Speakers-Steve Bench, Generational Consulting & Richard Bollenbeck, Estate Planning Attorney

February 8 : Randolph – Feil’s

W8743 WI-73 Randolph, WI

Speaker-Shayna Borakove, Estate and Transitional Planning

February 9: Tomah – Ground Round

201 Helen Walton Dr. Tomah, WI

Speaker-Carl Duley – Buffalo County Extension Agent

Speakers

steve-benchSteve Bench

Generational Consulting, LLC

Steve is founder of Generational Consulting, LLC which customizes presentations and training sessions that deliver engagement strategies for attracting and retaining Millennials, empowering Gen X, capturing Boomer wisdom and cultivating future leadership. Steve is also founder of the Badger Business Challenge (BBC), a Shark Tank-style business contest for kids. The BBC puts kids in charge to create new business ideas and make the perfect sales pitch! Kids learn business concepts, practice soft skills and networking, and compete for candy and prizes! BBC is a non-profit with 501c3 status pending

Previously, Steve served as director of Business World, a summer camp that teaches kids about capitalism. When not in a classroom, Steve spends his time in gyms around the midwest coaching AAU basketball.

rich-bollenbeck-attorney-sidebarRichard Bollenbeck

Estate Planning Attorney

For more than 25 years, Mr. Bollenbeck has been providing legal representation to clients throughout Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox River Valley. He is a lifelong resident of the state of Wisconsin and was born and raised in the firm’s hometown of Appleton. He knows the people of this area and is dedicated to getting them the proper legal help they need on their issues.

Bollenbeck Fyfe is a multi-practice law firm with a staff of attorneys that all focus on different areas of the law. Mr. Bollenbeck has dedicated his practice, in particular, to cases involving criminal defense, family law and estate planning. Throughout the years, Mr. Bollenbeck has earned the respect of both clients and his peers in the legal industry, leading to him earning a BV® Distinguished Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® for his high ethical standards and professional ability.

“Richard E. Bollenbeck.” Bollenbeck Fyfe. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Dec. 2016.

 

 

mike-northMike North

Senior Risk Management Advisor

Mike grew up on his family’s dairy farm in southeastern Wisconsin. His lifelong interest in agriculture production led him to the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness with a minor in Dairy Science. While still a student, Mike served a one-year term as a Wisconsin State FFA Officer.

Mike began his work in the futures industry in 1995 as an intern with First Capitol Ag researching the technical and fundamental dynamics of commodity market history and current price trends. As the company grew, Mike’s responsibilities grew as well. His agricultural experience together with his understanding of commodity markets and his background in leadership were foundational in his launch of Commodity Risk Management Group (www.crmg.us), a firm devoted to assisting its clients in identifying and managing the risks and opportunities in today’s markets.

For nearly two decades, Mike has worked with production and processing clients to construct marketing plans and margin management programs. Mike uses his experience to educate businessmen about the tools available for price protection and risk management. Mike has been published in several agricultural periodicals, is regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Dow Jones News, is a regular guest on several national programs such as AgDay, RFDTV, and the U.S. Farm Report, can be heard frequently on several local and national radio programs, and served as a part time lecturer at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.

In 2008, Mike was elected to the board of directors of the Dairy Business Association (DBA), an organization which represents the dairy industry and its economic and environmental stake in Wisconsin. Mike has been honored as the 2006 Rising Star in Business for the IA, IL, & WI Tri-State Region and in 2011 as the recipient of the UW-Platteville Outstanding Alumni Award. Mike and his wife Jennifer have four daughters, and are actively involved in the leadership of their church as well as several community initiatives. Mike is also an avid sportsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, biking and skiing.

Agweb.com. “Mike North.” AgWeb – The Home Page of Agriculture. N.p., 21 Oct. 2014. Web. 20 Dec. 2016.
Amber-radatz

 Amber Radatz

Co-Director

Amber Radatz has a technical background in manure management and nutrient loss, and an expertise in program development, grant writing, and communications. Amber began her career with Discovery Farms in 2004 as a website and communications intern, and became a southwestern Wisconsin nutrient management outreach specialist in 2009 before moving into her current role as co-director. Her work focuses on assisting farmers with issues related to manure management, water quality and nitrogen use efficiency, especially in western Wisconsin. Amber received her BS and MS in Soil Science from UW-Madison. Having grown up in Trempealeau County, WI on her family’s dairy farm she is personally connected to and passionate about her work. When not speaking with farmers and reporting on monitoring results, she is with her husband and their two young sons enjoying friends, family, and delicious food.

 Kevan Klingbergkevan

Outreach Specialist

As an outreach specialist, Kevan Klingberg collects water quality samples, conducts farm walkovers, and supports research efforts in the Jersey Valley Watershed by working closely with farmers and writing reports on information gathered from that project. Kevan has several decades of experience working with farmers, first as a crop consultant in Eau Claire and later as an agronomist for the Chippewa County Land Conservation Department. Before joining Discovery Farms in 2001, Kevan taught agribusiness and farm business for the Wisconsin Technical College System.  Having grown up on his family’s farm near Orfordville, WI, Kevan has a strong understanding and personal connection to the issues that farmers face. Kevan received his BS in Agronomy and Soil Science from UW-Madison and his MS in Professional Agriculture from Iowa State University. Kevan and his wife live in Osseo and have a blended family of six young-adult children plus grandchildren.  When not doing projects around the house, they enjoy being involved with their church community.

 

Shaynas-BIO-264x300Shayna Borakove

Estate Planning Attorney

Attorney Shayna W. Borakove, was first authorized to practice law in 2005, and is licensed in Wisconsin, Massachusetts & Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Missouri-KC, and then from New England School of Law in Boston in 2005, cum laude with honors.

Growing up on a Missouri dairy farm prepared Shayna to serve the needs of both family and businesses. She understands the value of hard work, keeping one’s word, and the importance of family. She was taught that each person was part of the land they worked and the legacy they left. Life and legacy are central to estate and business planning that protects, preserves and provides for her clients’ future and their next generation.

Attorney Borakove’s Practice Areas and Philosophy
Shayna’s practice is focused on foundational and advanced estate planning with a special emphasis on business planning for the small business owner. She believes in the value of including the family’s trusted advisors in the planning process, assuring the most complete plan possible.

Estate Planning and Asset Protection
Clients seeking a meaningful estate plan that reflects their unique situation, accomplishes their goals and minimizes their risks associated with our changing times will benefit from Shayna’s plan designs.

 

 

Carl_000Carl Duley

Buffalo County Agriculture Agent

Carl Duley has served as Buffalo County’s Agriculture Agent since 1985.  The majority of Carl’s programming efforts are in Farm Management and Safety and Agronomy (hops and malting barley).

Carl was one of the key leaders in developing the Management Assessment Center (MAC) program.  This program was initially designed to evaluate management skills of owner/managers of dairy farms.   Eventually, Carl added curriculums for agronomy plan managers and labor intensive fruit crops.  This program partnered with Professional Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin to offer it to their members.  It has also been recognized beyond Buffalo County to include Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Carl has also been a leader in the hops and malting barley programming that was created as a result of the increasing interest in growing hops and malting barley for the craft brewing industry in Wisconsin.  He has organized and conducted several workshops around the state.  He secured over $200,000 in grants to fund farm research trials and professional development for himself in this area.   Carl also has established working partnerships with researchers at the University of Minnesota.   Some of the results of his hops and malting barley work are:

  • 20+ Wisconsin Craft Brewers are now including at least some Wisconsin hops in their products.
  • Hop production as grown from 50 acres 4 years ago to about 200 acres of commercial hops today.
  • Rahr Malt has contracted with a group of Buffalo County farmers to produce one test batch of local malt (110 acres).
  • At least three commercial enterprises are exploring stating small malting facilities in Wisconsin.
  • Facilitating a group of hop growers and craft brewers to improve the working relationship between the two industries in Wisconsin.

Carl has developed and conducted farm safety training workshops for farm employees and first responders.  He has also been instrumental in the development of the skid loader safety and tractor safety DVDs (available in English and Spanish) which were developed as a tool to help farms provide some basic safety instructions to their employees that operate these pieces of equipment.

 

 

Steve Darrington

Fertility and Soil Specialist

Steve has a passion for going beyond what the Agro Liquid Fertilizer products can do.  Steve understands that it starts with the basics of knowing your soil and knowing what your soil tests reveal.  Some of the biggest challenges faced today is having soil tests done properly and getting the right components tested with your soil sample. Steve will explain why it is important to look past the basic N, P, and K tests and dig further into what your soil test can tell when submitted properly and with having the right tests applied. Steve will explain why knowing your soil’s CEC level is important and why including base saturation on tests is equally important to build a healthy and balanced soil. Balanced soil is not just for today but for the future. Steve explains how to understand and create the right plant nutrient package based on your soil test and how fertility placement can have a huge impact not just for yield but environment and economics as well. If you are ready to start making steps to manage one of the many factors that can affect high yielding crop, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear Steve talk.