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Story and photo courtesy of Mike Schaible, President of the Washtenaw Dairy and Livestock Council

pictured l-r are: John & daughter Martha Broesamle, Mike Schaible, Dennis Huehl, Dale Heselschwerdt

Although the annual Ag Banquet was canceled, the Washtenaw Dairy and Livestock Council recently awarded its 2020 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award to Dale Heselschwerdt.

In the late 1950's, marketing livestock was rather limited to shipping to Detroit or Chicago. An auction operated in Jackson, but after closing due to financial difficulties, Dale’s father Orin saw a need for the area farmers. They purchased a building in Napoleon that was formerly a "Fur Farm" that raised rabbits. A quick add on of an office and loading docks turned the Snow White Fur Farm into Napoleon Livestock in 1956. Dale’s wife Pat actually started working at the Sale Barn as a waitress in the onsite lunch counter. The first auction had no roof over the arena and buyers sat on planks placed on cinder blocks. The business quickly grew and they added pens on the north, west, and east side in the early 1960's. Since the horse business was popular, they also conducted a bi-monthly horse and tack auction for several years. Dale and Pat have also conducted hundreds of Farm and Estate auctions over the years. He takes great pride in his business, noting that Napoleon Livestock is by far the longest running Livestock Auction in Michigan owned by the same family. Dale and Pat are very proud of being part of a family business, having 4 generations take part and every grandchild has contributed to Napoleon Livestock at one point in their life.

Dale and Pat are active at Napoleon United Methodist Church, and Dale was one of the first in a group of people to create the Napoleon Athletic Booster Club. He was proud to serve on the Napoleon School Board for many years. Defying retirement, both Dale, who is now 84, and Pat who declined to give her age, are still on duty 6 days a week! Dale looks forward to coming to the yards every day and working alongside and in partnership with his sons, Randy and Rick.

 

In the late 1950's, marketing livestock was rather limited to shipping to Detroit or Chicago. An auction operated in Jackson, but after closing due to financial difficulties, Dale’s father Orin saw a need for the area farmers.
Story and photo courtesy of Mike Schaible, President of the Washtenaw Dairy and Livestock Council

Pictured l-r: Dennis Huehl, Mike Schaible, Milton Weidmayer, wife Janet Weidmayer and Pastor Dave Bucholtz

 

Although the annual Ag Banquet was canceled, the Washtenaw Dairy and Livestock Council recently awarded its 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award to Milton Weidmayer

Milton Weidmayer is a lifelong resident of Washtenaw County. After graduating from Manchester High School in 1961, he went to work on his family's dairy farm, where he planned to build a lifelong career in farming. However, after only four years of milking cows, arthritis in his knees forced him to give up on his dream.

He enrolled in Cleary College, where he earned a degree in accounting, then landed a job at a firm in Ann Arbor, where he worked first as an associate and then as a partner until his retirement in 2019.

He has served on the Board of Saline Hospital, is a past-president of the Washtenaw Salvation Army, a trustee of his alma mater, Cleary College, past treasurer of the Saline Kiwanis Club, current treasurer of his church, a Farm Bureau member for 53 years, and for 30 years, the accountant for the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.

Of all his accolades, perhaps his greatest is being recognized as “the farmer’s friend”. Even after a long day of work at the office, he was never too busy to answer an accounting question, lend a word of advice, or offer a handshake of encouragement, while Janet, his wife of 54 years, stood by his side.

Despite being fearlessly dedicated to his work, his top two priorities were always God and family, having been blessed with four children and nine grandchildren. Milton’s career, as well as his life, can be summed up in the words of Proverbs 21, verse 5 which reads: "While hasty short cuts lead to poverty, good planning and hard work lead to prosperity."
Congratulations Milton Weidmayer!

 

Milton Weidmayer is a lifelong resident of Washtenaw County. After graduating from Manchester High School in 1961, he went to work on his family's dairy farm, where he planned to build a lifelong career in farming.

State News




The third class of Michigan Farm Bureau’s Academy for Political Leadership is set to convene with a pandemic-adjusted summer schedule instead of its usual winter time frame. COVID-19 restrictions led the group to put off meeting in person until a time when they can, hopefully, convene in person.

Eight participants are scheduled to meet in June, July, August and September:

  • Ed Scheffler — Lenawee County
  • Allan Robinette — Kent County
  • Loren King — St. Joseph County
  • Maria Carlin — Shiawassee County
  • Logan Crumbaugh — Gratiot County
  • Nadene Berthiaume — Saginaw County
  • Byron Fogarasi — Arenac County
  • Brad Lubbers — Allegan County

We’ll learn more about the participants as this year’s academy approaches.

MFB’s Academy for Political Leadership is designed for Farm Bureau members interested in politics and government. Some participants aspire to public office themselves or seek to learn how to support office-holders, while others simply want to learn more about how government works.

Content addressed through the course of the academy includes what it takes to run an effective campaign, election law, fundraising, and more.

The academy takes place every other year in non-election years. Contact your county Farm Bureau if you or someone you know is interested in taking part in a future class.

MFB staff contacts: Matt Kapp, 517-679-5883, and Melissa Palma, 517-323-6740


The third class of Michigan Farm Bureau’s Academy for Political Leadership is set to convene with a pandemic-adjusted summer schedule instead of its usual winter time frame.

By Nicole Jennings



Farm Bureau events like Rep. Moolenaar’s Dinner on the Farm took on a different look during the pandemic. Moving forward it’s important to stay mindful of the some of what we’ve learned over the past year.

If you’re anything like me, you probably look back at 2020 and still wonder, “what the HECK was that?!?”

But in the swirl of uncertainty, a global pandemic, social distancing and stay-at-home orders, county Farm Bureaus across the board still found made massive success. From a fantastic membership year, events abiding by restrictions, county annuals, board meetings, tele-town halls… You name it, the county Farm Bureaus did it. At a time when much of the world took a pause, our members persevered and found alternative ways to accomplish their goals and showcase the value of membership in our organization.

In doing so, leaders and members switched up a lot this past year and walked away with new and exciting ideas. We all mastered the subtle art of virtual meetings, sitting through our fair share of calls via Zoom and WebEx.

Unique ideas like virtual coffee hours with legislators, online trivia nights, online contests, virtual 5-Ks and virtual farm tours are all options that can bring people a little closer together even when we can’t join in person.

Social distancing is a term we’ve all come to know all too well over the past year. Yet many events were still able to take place.

Drive-through county annuals were happening throughout the state! Members revived drive-in movies, organized countywide scavenger hunts and convened outdoor summer picnics and tailgates.

Utilizing some of those skills we’ve all acquired will come in handy as we plod through winter. Sledding, snowshoeing, ice fishing tournaments and skiing are all snowy engagement opportunities that Farm Bureau leaders can provide for members and hopefully take some of the chill out of Old Man Winter.

New ideas are one thing. Now, how do we share our upcoming events with members? Social media, postcards, Farm Gate and your county Farm Bureau website are all great ways to spread the word.

Also, think back on how you got involved in the first place. How did you first find yourself at an event? Most of the time it was because another member personally invited you. Never underestimate the power of a phone call and reaching out to the uninvolved — they may very well be the next great leader your county Farm Bureau’s been looking for.

If any of these event ideas speak to you directly and you think might work in your county Farm Bureau, drop everything and reach out to your county Farm Bureau board or district director. If they don’t already have plans, they can help you make it happen. And they’d just love to hear from you.

MFB Staff have come up with a new planning and promotional guide we hope will help county Farm Bureaus brew up “alternative engagement” plans that fit their needs. Click here to see and download it! 

Originally from a Genesee County grain farm, Nicole Jennings is now an MFB Regional Manager serving members across District 9, in the Benzie-Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Northwest Michigan and Wexford County Farm Bureaus.

Unique ideas like virtual coffee hours with legislators, online trivia nights, online contests, virtual 5-Ks and virtual farm tours are all options that can bring people a little closer together even when we can’t join in person.

Networking, communications, problem-solving, critical thinking, cultural awareness and social skills are just a few of the qualities today’s employers look for. World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute fosters those skills while encouraging young people to explore a variety of jobs and careers related to food security, science and agriculture.

The Institute is a one-day event coordinated by Michigan State University (MSU) where youth:

  • Present research and recommendations on how to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with local experts.
  • Connect with other student leaders from across Michigan to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships.
  • Interact with global leaders in science, agriculture, industry and policy.
  • Take part in educational sessions to explore current research and issues in food, agriculture, natural resources, international development and life sciences.
  • Meet innovative professionals, researchers, professors and college students working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security in Michigan and around the world.

This year’s Institute takes place via Zoom from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 6; participation is free.

Students in grades 7-12 during the 2020-21 school year are eligible to register by submitting a two to five page paper (see link below) by April 1. Online registration for youth participants and their adult teachers or mentors begins March 1 at https://events.anr.msu.edu/wfpmiyi2021/

Top-performing participants will be considered as possible delegates to represent Michigan at the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa (or virtually) this October.

Check out this video for more information, or contact Katie Eisenberger or your local 4-H county coordinator.

World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute fosters those skills while encouraging young people to explore a variety of jobs and careers related to food security, science and agriculture.

Upcoming Events

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March2021
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WCFB March Board of Directors Meeting
5095 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
The WCFB Board of Directors generally meet the 4th Monday of the month, unless otherwise indicated.
April2021
Monday
19
WCFB April Board of Directors Meeting
5095 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
The WCFB Board of Directors generally meet the 4th Monday of the month, unless otherwise indicated.
May2021
Monday
24
WCFB May Board of Directors Meeting
5095 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
The WCFB Board of Directors generally meets on the 4th Monday of the month, unless otherwise indicated.
June2021
Monday
28
WCFB June Board of Directors Meeting
5095 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
The WCFB Board of Directors generally meet the 4th Monday of the month, unless otherwise indicated.