Darin Von Ruden
District 5, President
Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Rock, Green, Lafayette, Richland, 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.
District 6, Treasurer
Adams, Columbia, Green Lake, Juneau, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood Counties
Chris and his partner, Maria Davis, own and operate Nami Moon Farms outside of Stevens Point. The 41-acre farm focuses on pasture-raised poultry and hogs, chicken and duck eggs, and annual vegetables. Recent sustainability efforts on the farm include planting more perennial fruits and vegetables, and working toward the long-term goal of producing most of the feed for the farm’s animals. The farm also dabbles in bees, mushrooms and silviculture. As a veteran, Chris has worked closely with the Farmer Veteran Coalition. He has also consulted for Farm Credit, been appointed to programs and committees run by National Farmers Union, and served on USDA’s Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.
Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, and Washburn Counties
Linda Ceylor operates Hillside Dairy, an organic farm milking 50 cows and raising replacement heifers. She and her late husband Gerald began farming in Washington in 1990 but due to urbanization moved to Catawba in 1997 with their two children. Linda started the Taylor-Price WFU chapter, coupling it with the Taylor County Farmers Union Youth Group, and was elected chapter president. Linda is a member of the state Farm Services Administration Board. She is a leader of the KC Clovers 4-H Club and was a Price County Fair Board member for 10 years. She is currently President of Price/Taylor National Rural Letter Carriers Association and serves as a local steward. Linda was Vice President and is now a board member of Save Our Unique Land, a group working against construction of the Arrowhead-Weston transmission line. She also serves on the Bethany Lutheran Church Council.
Dane, Jefferson, Kenosha, Racine, 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.
District 2, Secretary
Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, and St. Croix Counties
Lauren runs Blue Ox Farm, a 153-acre grass-based livestock operation in Wheeler, Wis., with her husband Caleb. There, they use rotational grazing practices to produce forage, grass-fed lamb, and beef while striving to improve the farm’s soil health and build biodiversity. When she’s not farming, Lauren works as Executive Director for the nonprofit organization MOSES that offers educational opportunities to farmers. She has also been active in several other farmer-focused organizations including participation in grazing networks, beginning farmer support, sitting on the LSP’s Federal Farm Policy Steering Committee, engaging in local efforts to support rural communities and water quality, and participation in the 10th cohort of the FUE Leadership Program.
District 8, Vice President
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
Rick and his wife Valerie Dantoin-Adamski own and operate a 240 acre farm in Shawano County. Their son Andrew, and his partner Heather Toman farm with them. The farm has been in the Adamski family since 1900. The organic dairy farm converted to grass fed beef and custom raising heifers in 2014. Andrew and Heather are diversifying the farm production to include pastured pork, free range laying hens and fresh vegetables. They are marketing these products directly to customers through Farmers Markets, a CSA and The SLO Farmers Cooperative started by Rick and Valerie. Rick has been an activist for family farm agriculture since he took over operating the farm from his parents in 1984.
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. 2018 Ed & Kristi retired from full time farming- Ed is now a part time milk hauler. 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 has served and chaired a number of different committees. He has attended the National Farmers Union conventions and fly-ins to Washington D.C. Ed serves as the Eau Claire County Farmers Union President and formerly served as the chapter Vice President.
Sarah Korte grew up on an organic dairy farm. Today, she and her husband, Nicholas, raise chickens, beef, and Gloucestershire Old Spot hogs on their Chaseburg farm. They are transitioning 19 acres of tillable land from conventional corn and soybeans into organic pasture and are restoring overgrazed ridge pastures by planting hazelnut, apple, and hickory trees. As an attorney licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and Minnesota, Korte assists with farm transition planning, helps entrepreneurs form new businesses, and defends local control.
Buffalo, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, and Trempealeau Counties
Jen has been active in Wisconsin's dairy supply chain throughout her life, growing up on a dairy farm and then working 17 years in dairy, projects and resiliency at CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley. Seeking new endeavors in 2019, Jen joined the hemp supply chain, helping friends harvest and store biomass. In 2020, Jen plans to start hemp from seed, try cloning and sharecropping a hemp field or two. Jen' s interest in hemp supply chains and infrastructure are directly linked to a vision of cleaner future for planet Earth and all living creatures, where hemp, as another alternative in the renewable resources we use, plays a new role in our lives.
Jen is active in community groups at various levels of organization: Kickapoo Conversations (local communities sharing ideas in information), Wisconsin Partners (statewide association of associations supporting local community groups), and River 2 Ridge Disaster Resilience (R2RDR.org; meeting local unmet needs post-disaster).
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Communications & Special Projects Associate
Government Relations Director
Government Relations Associate
Membership & Education Organizer
Director of Special Projects