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Friar Earns National Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/23/2021

A longtime Wisconsin ag loan officer and farm transition specialist has been honored for his outstanding service to agriculture. Frank Friar received the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture's James A. Graham award. It was presented at the group's annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky, this week.

Friar graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1970, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in agriculture education. He served in several capacities at the university, including president of the UWP Agriculture Alumni Chapter, director of the UWP Alumni Association, treasurer of the Alpha Gamma Rho Alumni Association, chair of the UWP Agriculture Advisory Board, and chairman of the UWP Foundation.

He spent most of his professional career at Badgerland Farm Credit Services, where he served as senior vice president, directing marketing, business development, and customer and financial services. He also serves on the Wisconsin Agribusiness Council, Wisconsin Leadership Council for Ag Education, Governor's Commission on Agriculture Education, Advisory Committee for the Lancaster Agricultural Research Station and the Board of Visitors for the UW-Madison Veterinary College.

In 2007, he joined the Wisconsin Farm Center, a division of the state's agriculture department, where he took over the responsibilities of the beginning farmer program.

"Frank's knowledge and expertise have combined to improve the lives and farming operations of countless farm families over the course of his career," said DATCP Secretary-designee Randy Romanski. "At a time in his life when most people would have retired to the golf course or fishing boat many years ago, Frank continues to serve farm families that contact the Wisconsin Farm Center for help each day. We are proud to have him as part of the DATCP team."

NASDA is a nonpartisan association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture across the country.

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