Executive Committee

Amber Cordes, and her husband own and operate Blacksatin Holsteins Dairy located near Almena. Cordes has been involved in agriculture her entire life. Amber grew up on a dairy farm, was active in 4-H, and involved in collegiate dairy organizations while attending UW-River Falls.

Fran Felber, is the owner of Ag Risk Managers Insurance Agency, LLC of Barron. Felber came to Barron in 1990, started working for Jerome Foods as the Feed Ingredient Purchasing Manager and continued to work of Jennie-O Turkey Store until 2007. At that time Felber opened a crop insurance agency and he is actively involved in marketing grain and managing livestock margins.

Steve Fronk, Rice Lake initiated the idea of bringing Farm Technology Days to Barron County by challenging the Barron County Ag Promoters to apply to host this event. Steve has 20 years of experience in the area of dairy nutrition and business consulting and is currently a Dairy Nutrition Field Consultant for Sci-Tech. Fronk is also Chair of Barron County 4-H Dairy Committee and has coached the Barron County 4-H Dairy Judging Teams to state and national competitions 12 of the last 14 years. An accomplished dairyman, Fronk developed an outstanding dairy herd, Locust-Vista Registered Holsteins when living in his native Hillsboro, WI. This homebred dairy herd won six Wisconsin DHI state titles and was recognized throughout Wisconsin and the nation as well.

Ken Hafstad, Rice Lake has worked in the Live Production area of Jennie-O the Turkey Store for the past 25 years and as an agronomist and compliance liaison for the past 18 years. In addition to his professional work, Hafstad is active in community and church activities. Hafstad is the father of three children, two in college and a high school senior.

Don Horstman, is a crop farmer in the Cumberland area. Horstman serves as Vice Chair of the Executive committee of the 2013 Barron County Farm Technology Days. Don is serving in his fifth term on the Barron County Board of Supervisors where he currently chairs the Extension/Land Conservation Committee and the Highway Committee. Horstman also serves as a member of the Cumberland School Board and is Chairman of the Town of Cumberland in Barron County.

Tim Jergenson, Executive Secretary of the Barron County Farm Technology Days has been the Barron County Agricultural Agent since 2002. Before coming to Barron County, Jergenson was an agricultural agent in Polk County for 12 year and has also been a 4-H Youth Development Agent in Clark and Sawyer Counties.

Bob Lentz, of Dallas is a crop farmer in south central Barron County and raises dairy replacements. Lentz also serves on the Mosaic Board of Directors, a communications cooperative serving Barron, Chippewa, and Dunn Counties. Lentz has served the past on the Board of Directors of Lakeland Cooperative and Barron County Adult Leaders Association.

Audrey Kusilek, is the Chairperson of the Executive committee of 2013 Barron County Farm Technology Days. Kusilek and her husband Jim have four children and own and operate Four Mile Creek Dairy near Hillsdale. Kusilek also serves as a member of the Rice Lake School Board. Kusilek was born and raised in Barron County and looks forward to "promoting Barron County to the state of Wisconsin as we host Farm Technology Days in 2013."

Jim Metcalf, serves as Treasurer of the 2013 Barron County Farm Technology Days. Metcalf is Branch President of Sterling Bank in Chetek and a lifelong resident of Chetek. Metcalf also serves as the current president of the Barron County Economic Development Corporation.

Alex and Mary Olson are the hosts for Barron County Farm Technology Days 2013. The Olson's own Breezy Hill Dairy located near Dallas in south-central Barron County. The farm has 485 black and white and red and white Holsteins and some Jersey cows along with 400 dairy replacements of various ages are all raised on the farm. Alex and Mary's farm has consists of 680 acres, of which, 625 acres are tillable and 200 acres irrigated. Primary crops on Breezy Hill Dairy are 320 acres of forages and 305 acres of corn.

Karyn Schauf, Barron and her husband, Robert own and operate Indianhead Holsteins. They produce corn, hay, soybeans as well as snap beans and own a widely recognized herd of registered Holsteins. Schauf is passionate about the future of agriculture in Barron County. She serves as President of the Barron County Farm Bureau. Karyn also serves as a member of the UW-Barron County Campus Foundation Board of Directors and the Pregnancy Help Center Board.

Ron Schuler, General Manager of WIFTD, Inc., has been involved with Wisconsin Farm Progress Days, now Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, since 1984 serving as the professor in charge of field demonstrations. He continued in this role through the 2008 show. From July -December, 2009, he was assistant general manager of WFTD. He became general manager January 1, 2010. When working with field demonstration, Schuler was an extension agricultural engineer serving as the statewide agricultural machinery specialist until retiring in 2007. The general manager represents the WFTD Inc. board of directors insuring the board policies are followed and provides direction and assistance to the county executive committee.

Karl Varnes, is the General Manager of Lakeland Cooperative. Lakeland Cooperative is a full service agricultural supply cooperative with locations in Rice Lake, Ridgeland, Chetek, and Sand Creek. Varnes serves in other leadership roles in the community and is currently on the Board of Directors of Federated Transport, Energy Solutions Partners, and West Central Compliance.