2019 American Agriculture Appreciation Banquet

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Name: 2019 American Agriculture Appreciation Banquet
Date: March 11, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT
Registration: Sorry, online registration for this event has been closed. Call 715-344-1940 for availability.
Event Description:

MARCH 11, 2019
The American Agriculture Appreciation Banquet supports the successes of agri-business in Portage County. 

Presentations are made to students and their leaders in categories including:

4-H Leadership in Agriculture Award -  Winner is Abigail Helbach

Outstanding FFA Senior Awards - Winners are Makayla Konkol-Amherst; Ashley Studzinski & Lilliann Walder-Rosholt; and Zoe Zalewski-SPASH

​Agri-Business Scholarship Recipients - Riley Patoka & Angela Edelburg

CLICK HERE FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION - Application Deadline Extended to Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture Award - Plover River Farms Alliance - Nick & Dianne Somers


Location of Event:  Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point, WI (Expos 3A & 3B)

Dinner includes: Garden Salad with Choice of Dressing, Chicken Meredith (herb breaded chicken breast pan seared with sauce supreme), Baked Potato, Seasonal Vegetable, Rolls with butter, delicious Double Chocolate Fudge Cake for dessert and Coffee, Tea and Milk.

An assorted, complimentary appetizer buffet will also be served with items donated by our local Agri-Businesses.

(Vegetarian or Gluten Free Options available upon request)

Guest Speaker

State Senator, Patrick Testin

Senator Testin's presentation is entitled "Growing Opportunity in Wisconsin". He will be discussing agriculture's importance to the state, the challenges and opportunities facing the industry, and the importance of investing in rural economic development to grow our communities.

At 30 years old, Senator Testin is the youngest State Senator in Wisconsin. He represents the 24th Senate District, which includes parts of Wood, Jackson, Adams, Waushara, and Monroe counties, as well as all of Portage County. A lifelong Wisconsinite, Patrick grew up near the Michigan border in Marinette, where he learned the value of hard work at a young age. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2011, he remained in Portage County and took a job as a sales professional, currently working for a local wine distributor. He was elected to the State Senate in 2016. In August of 2017, he married Hannah Henderson. The couple live in the Portage County Town of Hull with their dog Reilly. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Want to become further involved in the banquet? Program sponsorships for the American Agriculture Banquet are available in a variety of categories including in-kind donations.  Contact Karen Myers at 715-344-1940 or kmyers@portagecountybiz.com for additional information.

View photos below from 2018 event.

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Event Sponsors:

Sponsor Club

Supporter Club

  • River Valley Bank
  • TH Agri-Chemicals, Inc.

Backer Club

  • Allen Supply Company Inc
  • Big Iron Equipment, Inc.
  • Feltz's Dairy Store
  • North Central Irrigation, Inc.
  • River Cities Bank
  • The Portage County Bank
  • Volm Companies
  • Wysocki Family of Companies
Event Sponsors:



Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center
1001 Amber Avenue
Stevens Point, WI

Date/Time Information:
6:00 - 7:00 pm
   Social (complimentary Hors
   d?oeuvres, cash bar)
7:00 - 8:15 pm
   Dinner and featured
   keynote speaker - Senator Patrick Testin
8:15 - 8:45 pm
   Presentation of Awards


Contact Information:
Karen Myers 715-344-1940
Cost:  $29 per person
Tables of 8 will have reserved seating.

Reservations DUE by Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

For requests on seating assignments, please list in Comments Section when registering.
If online registration is closed and you would like to register, please call our office at 715-344-1940 to check on availability.
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