Board of Directors - Member Spotlight
Hello WAPAC members,
My name is Robert Mickelson and I have been a WAPAC member since the mid-1990’s. I am on your WAPAC Board of Directors, and have held the Treasurer position for the past 5 years. I previously was on the WAPAC Board in the early 2000’s. I also have been on the Scholarship committee for quite some time.
This is my 25
season of crop scouting and consulting, currently with my business, Mickelson Agronomics LLC. I am currently working with one of my farmer clients as a participant in the Soil Health Partnership, through the National Corn Growers Association. My involvement has consisted of intensive soil sampling annually, for 5 years, from which many soil tests are run by three different soils labs. Lots of data is being collected, for which future analysis will be required, looking for trends.
I’ve been married to my wife Tracy for almost 10 years (that sure went fast!), and we have three children, Clara (9), Daniel (6), and Jacob (3). We make our home (and office) in Fall River, Wisconsin (and no, that is NOT way up north). When not working, we volunteer our time with our church, have just started the two older kids in 4-H (of which we are both leaders already), and otherwise spend our time shuttling the kids to school and other school activities. As a family, we like to make an annual summer trip up North, a Brewers game, and taking day trips to state parks, or railway museums.
Currently, my interest in being a WAPAC member, and supporting the new lobbying effort, has a lot to do with effecting positive changes to Nutrient Management Planning. For those who have been writing NMP’s for some time, continual changes to NMP requirements have been a source of aggravation. I think the organization did a commendable job in our first year of working with a lobbyist, and did effect some positive outcomes in regards to new rules for NMP’s over shallow soils.
Thank you for the privilege to serve as a board member.