Darin Von Ruden

5Darin Von Ruden
Westby, WI



Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland,
Sauk, and Vernon Counties

Darin serves as President of the Wisconsin
Farmers Union Board of Directors and the Wisconsin Farmers Union Foundation. He also serves on The National Farmers Union Board
and is Chair of the NFU Membership Committee. Darin is a third generation dairy farmer who is
very active with Farmers Union on local, state,
and national levels, earning several awards for member recruitment. He and his wife, JoAnn,
have two children.

Janet Nelson

1Janet Nelson
Prairie Farm, WI

Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, and Washburn Counties

During her many years of service, Janet has been an enthusiastic participant in National Farmers Union activities and has served on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board of Directors. She operates a dairy farm with her husband, Julian. They have four daughters and 10 grandchildren. She is active in church and community organizations.

Dennis Rosen

2Dennis Rosen
Emerald, WI


Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, and St. Croix Counties

Dennis has served as President, Vice-President, and is currently Secretary of the Wisconsin Farmers Union Board of Directors. He also serves on the Wisconsin Farmers Union Foundation Board and as a member on the Farmers Union Industries Board of Directors. He operates Rosen Farms in partnership with two of his sons. He and his wife, Debbie, have four children and sive grandchildren.

Ed Gorell

3Ed Gorell
Eleva, WI

Chippewa, Clark, and Eau Claire Counties

Ed and his wife Kristi have operated their farm in Eau Claire County since 1983. They started with a 320 head veal barn and a 50,000 bird broiler facility which they have converted to transition steers onto feedlots. They are also past 4-H members and have been leaders of their local club.

Ed has received Farmers Union awards for membership and chapter building. He is chairman of the membership committee, and also serves on the election and the building/grounds committees. He attends the National Farmers Union conventions and fly-ins to Washington D.C. and is the past Eau Claire County Farmers Union President and currently the Vice President.

Craig Myrhe

4Craig Myrhe
Osseo, WI

Vice President

Buffalo, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, and Trempealeau Counties

Craig serves as Vice-President of The Wisconsin Farmers Union Board of Directors and as Secretary of the Wisconsin Farmers Union Foundation Board. He represents Farmers Union on the Wisconsin Biodiesel Association Board of Directors, Wisconsin Agricultural Producer Security Council, and Discovery Farms Steering Committee. He operates a farm in partnership with his sister and his two sons.


Patty Edelburg

6Patty Edelburg
Scandinavia, WI

Adams, Columbia, Green Lake, Juneau, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood Counties

Patty and her husband, Gary, along with their children, own and operate a 130 cow registered Holstein family dairy farm in Portage County. Patty has a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science with a focus in dairy and business. She currently serves on the Farm Service Agency State Committee and is active with the Wisconsin District 4 Holstein Association.

Tina Hinchley

7Tina Hinchley
Cambridge, WI

Dane, Green, Jefferson, Kenosha, Racine,
Rock, and Walworth Counties

Tina, along with her husband Duane, own and operate a 260 cow dairy farm in Dane County. Since 1998, Tina has also been running Hinchley’s Dairy Farm Tours to provide non-farmers (especially children) with an honest and positive look at how a typical dairy farm operates. Tina, Duane, and their four children work together on their second-generation farm.

Michael Slattery

8W. Michael Slattery
Maribel, WI

Brown, Calumet, Dodge, Door, Fond du Lac, Forest, Florence, Kewaunee, Langlade, Marinette, Manitowoc, Menominee, Milwaukee, Oconto, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Shawano, Sheboygan, Washington, Waukesha, and Winnebago Counties

Michael and his wife, Nancy, raise Holsteins, cash crops, and produce for local markets. Michael grew up on a farm in Iowa, worked 18 years in finance and international business in New York and Tokyo before returning to his farming roots. He is politically active and involved in various educational and religious forums.

Mark Liebaert

At Large:
Mark Liebaert
South Range, WI


Mark and his wife Cora, live on a 600 acre farm that has been in their family for over 100 years. Together with their children and grandchildren, they run a direct market beef operation. Mark also serves as Amnicon Town Board supervisor, Douglas County supervisor, Douglas County Forestry Committee chairman, Land and Conservation Committee member, and Energy Committee member. In 2008, their farm was the Wisconsin Conservation Farm of the Year. In 2009, they received the Wisconsin Farmers Union Builders Award.

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