2017 Agriculture Banquet Recognizes Local Leaders

 03/21/2017 - 00:31
The Washtenaw County Dairy and Livestock Council honored Robert Mast from Dexter and Lyndon Uphaus from Manchester, at their annual Washtenaw County Agriculture Banquet held March 16 at the Chelsea High School. The board presented them with their Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award in recognition of their many years of dedication and service to the agricultural community in Washtenaw County. Pictured are the honorees and council board members, left to right: Seated: Dennis Huehl, Chelsea, Secretary; Trent Satterthwaite, Chelsea, Treasurer; Jerry Kuhl, Chelsea, President; Robert Mast, Dexter, Distinguished Service to Agriculture award recipient; Lyndon Uphaus, Manchester, Distinguished Service to Agriculture award recipient; Mike Schaible, Manchester, Vice President. Second Row: Robert Herrst II, Chelsea; Ryan Rentschler, Ann Arbor; John Broesamle, Saline; David Bohnett, Saline; Dennis Trinkle, Chelsea; Bob Bulmon, Dexter; Russell Exelby, Saline; Paul Rothfuss, Saline. Third Row: Howard Sias, Chelsea; Joel Powers, Manchester; Bill VanRiper, Chelsea; Joe Koengeter, Chelsea; David Bucholtz, Manchester, honorary member; Rod Powers, Chelsea.

More than 250 people attended the 2017 Washtenaw County Agriculture Banquet, hosted by the Washtenaw County Dairy Livestock Council at the Chelsea High School.  A prime rib and chicken dinner was prepared by Chelsea Food Service and served by the National Honor Society from Chelsea High School. The entertainment for the evening was provided by the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, American’s premier youth fiddling show band.

The Council presented their Distinguished Service to Agriculture Awards to Robert Mast from Dexter and to Lyndon Uphaus from Manchester. These awards are given in recognition of many years of dedication and service to the agricultural community in Washtenaw County. Ryan Rentschler from Ann Arbor was elected to the council for a three year term. Retiring board member Rod Powers from Chelsea was thanked for his years of service on the council. The group was pleased to have State Representative Donna Lasinski from the 52nd District attend the banquet also.

The Washtenaw County Dairy Livestock Council also gave a big thank you to all of the contributors to the 2017 banquet.

Nancy Diuble Thelen
Thelen retired from MSU Extension in 2015 and is an active volunteer with the Saline Community Fair, Washtenaw County Farm Bureau and 4-H.