Client Highlight: Alan Kaltenberg

Farming is a dangerous occupation, accounting for more than half of work-related fatalities world-wide over the last decade. Constant exposure to large animals and heavy equipment is hazardous. Alan Kaltenberg’s story shows how perseverance can make all the difference to overcome the challenges. From an accident as a kid that left him without his left arm to a fall of 30 feet from a grain bin that took months to get back to health, Alan has truly experienced the dangers of farming. But how do you handle all of these daily challenges when your occupation requires you to be outdoors, on uneven ground, working with large animals and operating heavy machinery? Unfortunately, the answer is never the same for any two farmers. Alan finds enjoyment farming on his 300 acres of soybeans, wheat and corn while raising cattle. For him, because he wanted to continue to farm with his difficulties, the ...
January 28, 2016
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Jim Zell

Client Highlight: Jim Zell

Jim Zell. It’s a name that many farmers across Wisconsin know well, especially near the Mosinee area. Jim is a farmer, a son, a brother, an agriculture advocate, and above all a true friend to any one he meets. When you meet Jim there is very little silence. He is full of interesting stories about life, farming, and the treasures and mishaps along the way. He can make five hours seem like five minutes, filled with laughter and wisdom. Jim’s family has owned the farm for over a century and many of his family members are still in the area. With various transitions throughout his life, the farm is still in operation even though it may look a little different. Jim explained the fields are home to different crops and there are primarily pasture-raised cattle today, but over the years it has survived the ups and downs of the industry. When we ...
January 21, 2016
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2016 Summit Announced

Organic Valley to Host AgrAbility Summit, March 23 CASHTON, WI- AgrAbility of Wisconsin and Organic Valley are pleased to announce the 2016 AgrAbility of Wisconsin Summit, set for March 23 at Organic Valley’s new Cashton location. The free, annual event is set to include a farmer panel, succession planning information, a tour of Organic Valley’s new facility, networking, and more. Registration will begin at 9 AM, with the first session kicking off at 9:30. Lunch will be provided at no cost to attendees. “I can speak for our whole team when I say I’m excited about this year’s summit,” said Hannah Barthels, AgrAbility Outreach Specialist. “This new partnership with Organic Valley is sure to add value to our farmers’ attendance. We are glad to be able to provide this platform for learning, networking, and planning for the future.” The new Cashton Office Building (COB) is under construction and scheduled to be completed in early ...
January 6, 2016
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