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Prahls, Doyles Earn WFBF's Top YFA Awards
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 12/03/2018

A Marathon County farm couple has been selected as the winners of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau's Young Farmer and Agriculturist Achievement Award. Ryan and Lindsey Prahl were honored during the organization's annual meeting in Wisconsin Dells on Sunday.

The Prahls are fifth generation dairy farmers near Wausau and also operate an emerging custom business. They are involved with the St. John's Lutheran Church and school in Easton and enjoy volunteering for agricultural organizations. Both are active members of the Genex and Foremost Cooperatives.

This year's Excellence in Agriculture Award goes to Justin and Livia Doyle of Mineral Point. That program recognizes members between the ages of 18 and 35 who are actively engaged in agriculture, but derives the majority of their income from an off-farm agricultural career.

Justin teaches agriculture and technology at Darlington High School, and Livia is a fourth-grade teacher in the Mineral Point School District. They raise Red and Black Angus cattle and grow crops on 150 acres; and also co-owners of On Point Auction Service.

Justin is vice president of Iowa County Farm Bureau and a Farm Bureau Proud Club member. Livia is the former recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award given by Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom and was recognized as one of eight national finalists for the USDA Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award. She serves as the Iowa County Ag in the Classroom coordinator.

And Kelly Wilfert of Manitowoc County was selected winner of the 2018 Discussion Meet contest. She is a student at the Wisconsin Law School in Madison and earned a bachelor's degree from UW-Madison before returning to attend law school. Wilfert is a director on the Manitowoc County Farm Bureau board, a past state FFA officer, worked on the Exhibit Development Committee for Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, interns at Investors Community Bank and served AFBF as an intern in Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, the WFBF also held its Collegiate Discussion Meet over the weekend. Kati Kindschuh, a senior at UW-River Falls majoring in agricultural marketing communications and agricultural business, was the winner of that competition. She grew up working on her family's dairy farm in Fond du Lac County and served as the Wisconsin FFA Reporter from 2014-15.

All award winners will compete in their respective areas during the American Farm Bureau's annual meeting early next year in New Orleans.

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