Wussow receives FarmFirst scholarship


Collin Wussow

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative announced that Collin Wussow, of Cecil, is a 2018 FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative scholarship recipient. The cooperative recently awarded over $12,500 in scholarships to 16 high school and collegiate students pursuing post-secondary education.

Over the past six years, FarmFirst has awarded nearly $130,000 to more than 140 students seeking a post-secondary degree. This program is one of many ways FarmFirst shows its dedication to youth and the multiple opportunities offered to them.

“This scholarship program is one of many ways FarmFirst gives back to our members and their families,” said Jeff Lyon, general manager of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative. “Here at FarmFirst, we strongly believe in supporting future generations of agriculturalists. Through education, our next generation will bring new ideas and technology to the industry to ensure continued growth and development.”

Wussow is the son of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative members Ron and Nicolle Wussow. He will be a freshman at University of Wisconsin-River Falls in the fall pursuing a degree in agricultural business.

Being involved is nothing new for Wussow. He served 12 years in the Bonduel 4-H where he held multiple officer positions such as activities director, secretary, vice president and president. Wussow also served as a 4-H camp counselor.

During his time in high school, Wussow was heavily involved with his FFA chapter where he served as his chapter’s vice president, along with multiple chairperson positions. Wussow was also heavily involved in dairy judging FFA and 4-H. Throughout his time dairy judging, Wussow has taken second place at the Wisconsin State FFA Convention and was on the national winning team for 4-H.

Outside of his agricultural endeavors, Wussow is also involved in multiple sports such as varsity football, varsity wrestling, track, and field, and has even served as a youth sports coach.

“Collin sacrifices and dedicates himself to his family, farm, school, and community,” said Rhonda Uelmen, Bonduel 4-H co-leader. “Leadership and community service are two strong areas for Collin. He continues to be a role model for children and adults alike. I have known Collin for six years and have witnessed his dedication to developing his family’s farm and his community.”

Scholarship recipients were selected based on leadership, scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, essay responses and their future plans and career goals. All members of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative and their children attending four-year universities, two-year technical programs or short courses and high school seniors planning for postsecondary education were eligible to apply for the scholarships.

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative was established in 2013 and is based in Madison. Dedicated to its members, the cooperative represents farms in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana through policy bargaining, dairy marketing services, laboratory testing opportunities and industry promotion.