2020 Award Winners

Communication Awards

The Wisconsin Association of County Agricultural Agents (WACAA) recently recognized several members during their annual awards and recognition program.  An affiliate of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA), WACAA is a professional organization:

  • for county, area and state Extension professionals which encourages excellence and professionalism in their work.
  • that works to improve effectiveness of Wisconsin Extension programs.
  • which provides assistance for agents to seek and participate in professional improvement opportunities.
  • to recognize and promote superior achievement.

Those agriculture agents receiving top communication awards included:

  • Aerica Bjurstrom, Kewaunee County Agriculture Agent for her:
    • Published Photo
    • Program Promotion Piece
  • Tina Kohlman, Fond du Lac County and Stephanie Plaster, Ozaukee & Washington County for their joint:
    • Computer Graphics Presentation
    • Fact Sheet
    • Publication
  • Ryan Sterry, St. Croix County and Amanda Cauffman, Grant County for their joint Feature Story
  • Joe Zimbrick and Tina Kohlman, Fond du Lac County for their Team Newsletter
  • Liz Binversie, Brown County for her:
    • Video Recording
    • Website Design
  • Heather Schlesser, Marathon County and Sandy Stuttgen, Taylor County for their co-authored Learning Module
View communication award winner photos.

Search for Excellence

Sandy Stuttgen received the Search for Excellence in Farm Management award.

25 Years in Extension

Craig Saxe, former Juneau County Agriculture Agent and current Area Extension Director, was recognized for his twenty-five years of service.

Distinguished Service


Adam Hady, former Richland County Agriculture Agent and current Area Extension Director, received the Distinguished Service Award for excellence as a WACAA member with more than ten years of Extension service.

Achievement Award

Heather Schlesser, Marathon County Agriculture Agent, received the Achievement Award in recognition of her excellence in the field of professional Extension outreach work among WACAA members with less than ten years of service.

Second Mile Award

Three Extension specialists were also recognized for their outstanding support of Wisconsin County Agricultural Agents including:

  • Dr. Matt Akins, UW-Madison Extension Dairy Specialist
  • Dr. Rodrigo Werle, UW-Madison Extension Agronomy Weed Scientist
  • Dr. Jamie Patton, UW-Madison Extension Nutrient Management Specialist


Friend of the County Agent

Three non-Extension employees received the WACAA “Friend of the County Agent” award for their exceptional support of WI County Agents and their Extension programs across the state, including:

  • Dr. Dan Schaefer, Professor Emeritus, UW-Madison Animal Science Department
  • Ashleigh Calaway, WI Farm Bureau Dist. 8 Coordinator
  • Rio Creek Feed Mill, Luxemburg, WI

The WACAA annual awards are sponsored by Hoard’s Dairyman; WI Agriculturist; the WI Broadcasters Association and A & T Industries.

View award winner photos.