2018 Board of Director Candidates
Larry Eisentraut – Incumbent Running for At-Large
Larry Eisentraut and his wife, Ardyce, have farmed together for 44 years. They have three children and nine grandchildren. Their daughters, Kari and April, are married to farmers as well. Larry and Ardyce farm with their son, Paul, his wife, Joni and three sons.
They farm an organic dairy, northeast of Waupaca, with about 200 head of milking cows. They operate about 900 acres with 250 acres of pasture. They grow all their own cattle feed, mainly alfalfa, pasture grasses, sudan grass, corn and oatlage.
Larry grew up on his parents farm, after two years of college, and after his brother came home from Vietnam, they started a three-way partnership in 1973. The farm has grown from 160 to over 900 acres.
His hobbies include hunting, shooting trap, riding horse and traveling. He presently serves on the First United Methodist church council. He is a member of Waupaca FFA Alumni, Manawa Archery Club, and is currently a CHS Larsen Co-op Board of Director.
He started serving on co-op boards in the 1980’s. He has seen the Ag industry change over the years so that meant the co-op had to change from within. He helped many area co-ops merge together to better serve the remaining farmers.
Larry wants to continue the opportunity to represent the farmers on the CHS Larsen Co-op Board. He wants to give direction and vision to move our co-op through changes needed in the future.
Bucky ” Christopher ” Henschel – Running for At-Large
Christopher Henschel, better known as Bucky, has been married to his wife, Megan, for five years. They have two children Jayln (10), Jack (3), and a third, Elliot, due in April 2019.
Bucky is the second generation farmer and works along side his parents Jeff and Diana on Jeffana Holsteins which is primarily a dairy farm; but, they also do some cash cropping. They milk around 350 Registered Holsteins with six Lely robots. They work about 1,500 acres of land and grow soybeans, corn and alfalfa.
Bucky did some schooling at UW-River Falls and took the farm operations short courses at Fox Valley Technical College. His hobbies include deer hunting, fishing, and smoking meat. Hot sticks, brats, and prime rib are some of his specialties.
Bucky would like to help continue moving the cooperative in a positive direction. Also, If elected, he would like to have a say in what happens at the cooperative and he would like to bring in new fresh ideas from the younger generation of farmers. He sees this as an opportunity for the next generation to learn this side of farming.
His involvement with the co-op has been through the Young Advocates group at CHS Larsen Cooperative and attended the New Leaders Forum and Annual meeting in December 2018. He also had an internship at the cooperative doing GPS soil sampling, wrote prescriptions for VRT trucks and went through agronomist training.
Dan Peterson – Incumbent Running for At-Large
Dan Peterson has been married to his wife, Sommer, since 2002. They have three children Owen (11), Lewis (9), and Elaina (6). Dan is currently serving on the board as the Secretary. He has just completed his first three year term.
Dan’s farm is Peterson Mill Stream Dairy, a Registered Holstein dairy farm. They have 125 cows along with young stock. Four years ago they built a robot barn. They also farm 800 acres of corn, soybeans, hay and wheat.
He attended UW-River Falls from 1993 through 1998, majoring in dairy science with a minor in agronomy. When he has free time he enjoys spending time with his family and kids.
Dan wants to serve on the board again because he likes being apart of the team that will influence the co-op’s direction to meet the producer needs. He has felt it’s been a great learning experience to see how the co-op operates and functions from the other side of the table. If elected, he plans to serve its members as productively/efficiently as possible, but also see that its employees’ are content with its direction. Good employees are a valuable asset. Dan stays active with the co-op, being a member since 1998, serving on the board and attending all the leadership conferences offered.
Keith Dambroski – Running for At-Large
Keith Dambroski has been married to his wife, Rebecca, for 10 years. They have three children, Ave (8), Zoe (7), and Oliver (3).
Their farm Dambroski Family Farms, LLC is a dairy farm. They have 140 milking cows and 900 acres.
Keith graduated from UW Madison Farm and Industry short course in 2000 with Farm Mechanics degree. The also graduated from Mid-State College with a Farm Business Degree in 2008.
His hobbies include deer hunting, cheering for the Brewers, Packers and Badgers. He also enjoys spending time with his family.
He wants to become a board member to help lead the co-op into the future during this downturn in the agriculture sector. If elected, he would like to help keep the co-op competitively priced in this challenging market.
Ron Kurey – Running for At-Large
Ron Kurey has been married to his wife, Deborah, for 40 years. They reside in Appleton and they have four grown children, and tragically lost another a few years ago.
Ron farms along with his two brothers at Kurey Brothers LLP. They exited dairy farming in 2003. Since selling the cows, they have grown into a grain operation with 2,300 acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat. They recently completed a major expansion of their grain setup.
When he has free time he enjoys spending time with his family. In addition, he really enjoys snowmobiling in the winter and boating in the summer. When not farming, he also enjoys the quick trip up north to relax.
Ron has been a volunteer fire fighter for the Town of Center Fire Department for over 25 years. He has been a first responder for 12 years and served on the town board four years. He also spends time volunteering for the Mackville tractor pulls.
Ron wants to serve on the board of directors because he wants to be a voice for the growers in his area. He believes the cooperative offers many opportunities for growers from products, to meetings, to marketing programs and he wants to help grow these. He feels that the cooperative is a great place to do business and puts a lot of trust in the employees. By serving as a director, he would like to see the co-op continue to grow its footprint in the members it serves, and help guide in opportunities that would arise.
Entertainment – James Wedgwood
At the age of nine, one of James favorite aunts bought him a Danny O’Day ventriloquist doll for Christmas. Learning and practicing the basic skills of this ancient art throughout childhood, he did his first public performance in an 8th grade variety show.
After earning a B.A in Theatre from Indiana University and winning “Best Actor in Indianapolis” from the Indianapolis Encore Association, James moved to the Twin Cities where he acted, did commercials, performed with Dudley Riggs “Sunday/Monday Company” and even tried his hand at stand-up comedy.
His boyhood love of ventriloquism was rekindled when he met an agent who said “Put an act together and I’ll get you some work.”
And work he has. Since then he has performed at countless corporate events, state and county fairs, colleges, libraries, schools and theaters across the country. He’s been seen on “The Statler Brothers Show,” “Crook and Chase,” as well as opening for such national acts as Glen Campbell, Jeannie C. Riley and Janie Fricke. In recent years, he won 1st Place at the Jackpot Junction Casino talent competition.
He continues to hone his craft to this day, working hard to maintain his reputation as, “The Most Fun You Can have Without Moving Your Lips!”