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The HSUS Wisconsin Agriculture Advisory Council

Local farmers, producers and other agriculture professionals join with The HSUS to foster better animal welfare and environmental stewardship

Meet the members of the HSUS Wisconsin Agriculture Advisory Council, part of our growing system of state agriculture councils.

Rhonda Carrell

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Rhonda Carrell

Rhonda Carrell and her husband, David, live in Wood County, Wisconsin, where they have been living out the dream of making a positive difference in the world with their home and 10 wooded acres. Rhonda runs a lifelong business on their property and they are very devoted to their families---as they say, “both human and furry.”

Rhonda is a founder of Protect Wood County & Its Neighbors, a citizens group formed in response to the 2012 announcement that a massive confined animal feeding operation, along with manure-irrigated cropland, was being sited on 12 square miles of forested land in recreational Saratoga. The group is fighting to preserve their water, soil, air, quality of life and property values.

David’s family has been farming in Wisconsin for four generations.

 

Meggan Hain

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Meggan Hain

Dr. Hain comes from a farming family originally from South Africa. She graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hain spent the first ten years of her career practicing in a primarily dairy practice in south-eastern Pennsylvania working with conventional and organic farms. Her focus in practice was on routine animal health and reproductive work, but her passion was working with farms to improve management practices to prevent disease and to improve farm productivity. With the same mind of preventing problems before they arrive, she saw Animal Welfare as a future challenge for the dairy industry and an opportunity for improvement.

She went back to school, this time at the University of Pennsylvania, to do a residency in Animal Welfare with a focus on dairy cattle. While at the university, Dr. Meggan, also helped to manage the university’s 200 cow dairy and worked with the university ambulatory service teaching students about routine dairy work on the farm. She joined Organic Valley in December of 2016.

She has brought her practical experience and scientific background help farmers to find practical ways to provide excellent care to their animals and to keep their farms and families healthy. She is also brings her practical knowledge to her advocacy for farmers and animals to help to ensure that the industry standards do indeed lead to better animal care and more productive and sustainable farms.

 

Genie & Russ

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Genie Metoyer

Genie Metoyer started a certified organic produce farm with her husband, Russ Brown. Her grandparents had been farmers in Louisiana, and Metoyer spent summers with them, falling in love with farming. Since she and her husband had had such a hard time finding good affordable organic produce, they decided the world needed more organic farms. In 2011, they purchased a 40-acre farm that had been established in 1915.

Metoyer has since been certified in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University so that she can teach plant-based lifestyles. She and her husband have learned to cultivate plant foods, maintain soil fertility and raise healthy organic vegetables without the use of animals. They use crop rotation, green manures and provide habitat areas for wildlife and beneficial insects.

The family seeks to create awareness of healthy eating and supporting rural communities, and to stress the importance that farms are the fabric of our society. The best way to feed the world, Metoyer says, is through small family farms.

 

Mike Miles - Anathoth Farm

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Mike Miles

Mike Miles started the Anathoth Community Farm in 1986 as a center for the study of nonviolence, community and sustainable living. His love of farming came from spending summers on his grandmother’s dairy farm in Michigan.

Anathoth Farm was built from the ground up and comes right out of the pages of Mother Earth News: buildings with solar heating and hot water, composting toilets, greenhouses and a 10,000 watt photovoltaic grid tie. Produce and maple syrup have been staple crops from the beginning with animal husbandry arriving on the scene about six years ago. After becoming aware of management intensive grazing and permaculture, Miles became a soil carbon cowboy. Steers, chickens, pigs and cover crops are the tools he uses to build soil microorganisms while producing the tastiest, healthiest meat there is.

Miles and his wife, Barb, sponsor educational events on the farm to promote good health and sustainability.

 

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