Riesgraf, Miller, Biasini Earn Procurement Awards
Three National Farmers dairy staff members were honored at Convene ’21. Last year, Pam Riesgraf led the renewal of producer certification and buyer contracts for non-GMO producers in Wisconsin. “We are honoring Pam today for the outstanding job she did bringing on new organic producers in the states of Washington and Oregon,” said Dave Kaseno.
This was a big challenge to coordinate all the scheduling, communication and permits required. Pam and her husband Jeff, and son Derek, own and operate a 90-cow grass fed organic dairy farm in north central Wisconsin.
Katlin Miller serves National Farmers as a certified milk inspector and field representative in central New York. Her outstanding work recruiting new dairy shippers was noteworthy. She grew up on a family dairy farm where she cultured her love for the dairy industry.
In 4-H, she judged and showed cattle. Upon graduation with her ag degree, she married her high school sweetheart, Jeff. They have a small Angus beef operation, raising replacement heifers. Her newest ag hobby is a flock of registered Dorper meat sheep.
Shelby Biasini is the field representative for National Farmers in Vermont, New Hampshire and eastern New York. She is also the certified milk inspector for the New York producers. Biasini grew up on a Vermont dairy farm that also makes Artisan cheese.
The European-style cheese is aged in caves and marketed throughout the Northeast. In 4-H, her registered Brown Swiss Cattle won numerous awards in state, regional and national competitions.
She won first place and champion awards at World Dairy Expo. She has an Associate Degree in Dairy and a Bachelor’s in Sustainable Agriculture.
The experience on the farm and cheese factory, the opportunities seized traveling with the cattle, internships and family support gave her the background to add numerous new producers to National Farmers.