Andrea Brossard-Martin of Dodge County was selected the winner of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer & Agriculturist Excellence in Agriculture contest at the organization’s 91st Annual Meeting. The Excellence in Agriculture winner is selected based on their leadership, involvement in Farm Bureau and their local community, understanding of current issues affecting agriculture.
Brossard-Martin, 29, is the Producer Communication Specialist at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB). In addition, she farms with her parents Dennis and Carol Brossard, and brother, Anthony, at the family’s 150-cow, 650-acre farm near Beaver Dam. She milks the herd every evening after her commute home from her job with WMMB in Madison.
In the past three years, she has been very involved in Farm Bureau. She is a graduate of the Farm Bureau Institute, is involved in Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist Program, and was one of four finalists in the Discussion Meet Contest.
Brossard-Martin will compete in the national Excellence in Agriculture contest at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 92nd Annual Meeting next month in Atlanta. She will also be guest of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation at next year’s WFBF Young Farmer Conference in the Wisconsin Dells. She also received a $250 FS Fast Stop gift card from GROWMARK, Inc. and will be a guest at its annual meeting in Chicago in August. Dodge Truck provided a $500 cash award.
Brossard-Martin fostered her start in agricultural leadership by being active in 4-H, FFA and the University of Wisconsin-National Agri-Marketing Association. She attended the Farm and Industry Short Course at UW-Madison, then went on to complete a double major at UW-Madison in Dairy Science and Agricultural Journalism. Brossard-Martin continues to be active on campus through teaching an Ag Business Communication class for the Farm and Industry Short Course.