Volume 17 | March 2019
A Letter from your WAPAC President

Hello WAPAC Members,

My name is Nathen Nysse and I grew up in central Sheboygan County. With the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest to the south and a few dairy farms to the north, I enjoyed the winding roads that passed thru alfalfa corn and natural areas. Currently I live in Hortonville, Wisconsin with my wife Jill, and our two children, Olivia (10) and Ethan (7).

I received Associate Degrees in Natural Resources and Agribusiness Science and Technology from Fox Valley Technical College. Before graduating, I began working with Polenske Agronomic Consulting as a GPS technician creating maps and soil sampling. My passion for agriculture grew while working with Jeff Polenske. The long days and challenges were not an issue. Soon after, the business changed again as I became a co-owner of Tilth Agronomy Group along with my business partners, Todd Schaumberg and Bill Schaumberg. 

The camaraderie of WAPAC is like none other I have experienced. Over the past years, WAPAC has offered meetings like Rockfest , a monthly newsletter, scholarships to youth and continued updates to keep you, the member, engaged and current. For the 2019-20 year, the Board of Directors and I will work hard to continue bringing TAA updates, agronomy dates, news, and a variety of seminars. Please feel free to contact anyone with your ideas or anything you are interested in hearing more about.

I am proud to be a member of WAPAC and I look forward to working with you and representing WAPAC as your President!

Nathen Nysse

PO Box 142
Fall River, WI 53932

*Mail sent to the previous address will potentially be significantly delayed in reaching the appropriate person*
Thank you to those who attended the 2019 WAPAC Annual Meeting & Conference! It was a small, but successful conference with interesting speakers, good food, great conversation and that familiar WAPAC camaraderie we all enjoy! For the unofficial minutes of the Annual Meeting, CLICK HERE .
WAPAC Board of Directors

´╗┐Congratulations to Nathen Nysse, Tom Prosser and Greg Kerr for being elected to the Board of Directors!

Here are your current Board Members:

Chuck Bolte, Nathan Casper, Greg Kerr, Robert Mickelson (Treasurer), Tom Novak, Nathen Nysse (President), Tom Prosser, Haily Sand (Secretary), Andrew Skwor, Carrie Laboski - Advisor
Congratulations, Sue Bellman!

Sue Bellman will be recognized along with three other 2019 Master Agriculturalists this month at the Wisconsin Public Service Farm Show in Oshkosh. Susan is a charter member of WAPAC and has been active with WAPAC and NAICC for decades. Congratulations to Susan for an outstanding career and a well-deserved award. CLICK HERE for the full article.
Constitution/Bylaws/Code of Ethics Changes

The Board of Directors and the Constitution/Bylaws Committee have determined several modifications should be made to the Constitution/Bylaws/Code of Ethics. These changes were sent via email in accordance with the requirements dictated in the document. Because quorum was not met at the Annual Meeting, the Board would like to do an email vote to adopt these changes. A motion and a second were made at the recent Board meeting. Voting will close at 7AM on Wednesday, March 20 - PLEASE VOTE by clicking on this link - https://linkto.run/p/PIV65M7E

  • CLICK HERE for a copy to be voted upon at the Annual Meeting.
Trade Association Advocacy (TAA)

On Tuesday March 12, twelve WAPAC members, with the guidance of Jordan Lamb, visited with our elected officials at the Capitol in Madison. Each consultant met with both their State Senator and State Representative. Then, as a group, we met with Representative Gary Tauchen, Chair of the Assembly Ag Committee and then Senator Marklein's Chief of Staff Katy Prange. Senator Marklein is Chair of the Senate Ag Committee.
We addressed topics in the current budget as well as pertinent topics from our WAPAC Resolutions. Some of those topics addressed were:

  • Continued and necessary funding for UW-Extension and the discussion of how both UWEX State Specialists and county level UWEX are vital to farmers and to us as Ag professionals
  • The importance and success of farmer led watershed groups and their positive impact on water quality
  • Phosphorus trading legislation being introduced by Senator Cowles of Green Bay
  • The Southwest WI groundwater study in Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette counties
WAPAC members participating were: Chuck Bolte, Nathan Casper, Rod Ellwanger, Kevin Flyte, Paul Knutzen, Robert Mickelson, Rachel Mueller, Nathen Nysse, Tom Prosser, Haily Sand, Todd Schaumburg and Eric Birschbach.

It was a very satisfying day of Trade Association Advocacy. Please contact any of the participating members with questions and consider joining us next year.
If you have not made your 2019 TAA fund contribution, CLICK HERE to pay with a credit card or send a check to WAPAC, PO Box 142, Fall River, WI 53932