Saturday, April 01, 2017

Wisconsin Agriculturist Winners

On a cloudy, chilly “waiting for spring” day, Ruth and I traveled to La Sure’s Hall in Oshkosh where I spoke at the 2017 Wisconsin Agriculturist Master Agriculturist Program.

Starting in 1977, each year the Wisconsin Agriculturist magazine recognizes outstanding farmers in Wisconsin. The 2017 winners: Mike Cerny, Sharon; Rick Dado, Amery; Jim Rickert, Eldorado; and the Siemers family, Wally Siemers, Sherry Siemers-Peterman, Dan Siemers, and Paul Siemers, Newton.

I talked about Wisconsin’s rich agricultural history. Each of these winners talked about their agricultural activities. The contrasts between yesterday’s farming and today’s farming is near unbelievable. Each of these winners spent a few minutes talking about what they were doing and how they were doing it. I was impressed with how they spent time recognizing their families and their farm neighbors. This side of farming has not changed over the years.

My congratulations to each family. My hat is also off to Fran O’ Leary, editor of the Wisconsin Agriculturist for sponsoring the program.

Also, I want to recognize Halley Pucker, from the marketing department of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. The Oshkosh event was her last day of work for WHSP. Over the past several years, Halley and I have traveled around much of Wisconsin, me talking, she driving and selling books. I will miss her friendly smile and her always upbeat attitude. Thank you Halley.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Today’s Wisconsin’s farmers are creating tomorrow’s agricultural history.
WRITER’S WORKSHOP: Saturday, April 8, 9-12:00 a.m. Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose, WI. Call 920-622-3835 for reservations. Limited enrollment. Workshop meets Nine to Twelve in the morning.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: Friday, August 18, 9-4:00 p.m. The Clearing, Door County.
Call 920-854-4088. Limited enrollment.


April 6, 1:00 p.m. Union Grove Library.

April 8, 9-12:00 Writing Workshop, Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose, WI

April 10, 1:30. Kiel Library, One-Room Schools

April 17, 6:30 p.m. New Berlin Library. Never Curse the Rain.

April 23, 7:00 p.m. Lebanon Historical Society. Town Hall, Fire Station, Lebanon. Storytelling.

April 27, 6:00 p.m. Waupaca Historical Society, 320 S. Main Street, Waupaca. Barns of Wisconsin.

Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fundraiser for them):

The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs:

Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps (based on The Quiet Season book.)
Jerry Apps a Farm Story (based on Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm books.)
The Land with Jerry Apps, (based on the book Whispers and Shadows.)

Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including: Jerry’s newest nonfiction book, Never Curse the Rain, and his newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. Also available are Wisconsin Agriculture: A History,
Roshara Journal (with photos by Steve Apps) and Telling Your Story—a guide book for those who want to write their own stories.

Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street
Wild Rose, WI 54984

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