WACAA Awards County Agents

The Wisconsin Association of County Agricultural Agents is recognizing members and industry partners.

An affiliate of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, WACAA is a professional organization for county, area, and state Extension professionals. It aims to encourage excellence and professionalism in their work; improve the effectiveness of Extension programs; assist agents in participating in professional improvement opportunities; and recognize and promote superior achievement.

Listed below are award winners from the UW-Madison Division of Extension:

Second Mile Awards given for outstanding support of Wisconsin county agricultural agents

  • Luiz Ferraretto, UW-Madison Dairy Nutrition Extension Specialist, Department of Animal and Dairy Science
  •  PJ Leisch, Extension Entomologist, Director, Insect Diagnostic Lab

Friend of the County Agent Award

  • Abby Bauer, Managing Editor Hoard’s Dairyman Magazine

Top communication awards:

  • Katie Wantoch, Farm Management Outreach Specialist, Computer Generated Graphic Presentation and Personal Column
  • Katie Wantoch and Michelle Bachand  Farm Management Project Coordinator, Event Promotional Package
  • Heather Schlesser,  Marathon County Dairy Educator, Website/Online Content, Feature Story  and Educational Video
  •  Sandy Stuttgen, Taylor County Livestock Educator, Fact Sheet
  • Jackie McCarville, Regional Dairy Educator Grant, Green, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties, Newsletter
  •  Heather Schlesser, Marathon County Dairy Educator Sandy Stuttgen Taylor County Livestock Educatorand William Halfman, Beef Outreach Specialist Learning Module/ Notebook

Search for Excellence Award in livestock production

  • Aerica Bjurstrom, Regional Dairy Educator in Kewaunee, Door and Brown Counties

Search for Excellence Award in Farm and Ranch Business Management

  • Katie Wantoch, Farm Management Outreach Specialist

Twenty-Five Year Service Award

  • Jerry Clark, Regional Crops Educator in Chippewa, Dunn and Eau Claire Counties

Early Career Achievement Award

  • Natasha Paris, Regional Crops Educator in Green Lake, Adams, Marquette and Waushara Counties. The purpose of the Achievement Award program is to encourage and recognize excellence in the field of professional Extension for members with less than ten years of service. 

Distinguished Service Award

  • Sandy Stuttgen, Taylor County Livestock Educator. The purpose of the Distinguished Service Award Program is to encourage and recognize excellence in the field of professional Extension for members with more than ten years of service, who have conducted outstanding programs, and are held in high esteem by their fellow workers.