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WFU Honors Youth with Torchbearer Awards
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/11/2020

Five Wisconsin students received the Torchbearer Award during the 89th annual Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention this month. The Torchbearer award is the highest honor bestowed upon Farmers Union youth, marking the completion of five years of community and organizational service, and education in the topics of cooperation, leadership and civic engagement.

Receiving the honor were Avery Apfelbeck, Medford; Mark Brugger, Rib Lake; Nick Gebert, Medford; Ethan Peterson, Medford; and Calli Roers, Reedsburg.

"Farmers Union youth build leadership skills and cooperative awareness through participation in our youth program and summer camps," said WFU Education Director Cathy Statz. "Most began participating as elementary students, and have a developed a strong sense of the importance of the role of family farming, cooperative business and rural communities for our economy, our culture and our planet."

Since 1936, over 1,600 WFU youth have earned the award, commencing their participation in Farmers Union activities.

Recipients of the Torchbearer award have the option of attending the National Farmers Union All-States Leadership Camp, which this summer will be hosted in Wisconsin.

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