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WAAE Recognizes Compeer Financial

For Immediate Release


Nora Nolden, Communications Consultant

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WAAE Recognizes Compeer Financial with Organization 

Relations Award

Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators acknowledges Compeer’s contributions


Sun Prairie, Wis., (July 22, 2022)  This year, the 2022 WAAE Organizational Relations Award was presented to Compeer Financial. The award was presented at the 2022 WAAE Professional Development Conference held June 26-30, 2022 in downtown La Crosse at the Radisson Conference Center.

The Organizational Relations Award recognizes an organization that contributes to the overall success of WAAE. It recognizes positive service provided to WAAE on the state level for their dedication and contributions to agriculture and agricultural education through their funding and sponsorships as well as providing educational materials that are used extensively throughout the state. This year’s recipient was Compeer Financial and accepting the award was Melanie Olson and Karen Schieler. 

Compeer Financial is one of the largest Farm Credit cooperatives in the Midwest, serving 144 counties throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. They pride themselves on collaborating with others who are dedicated to agriculture and rural America. 

Compeer offers a variety of programs and services that directly benefit agricultural education programs, including their Agriculture Education and Community Building Grants. Students also have been impacted through Compeer’s collegiate scholarship programs and investments in County Fair Facility Grants. In 2021, Compeer’s Fund for Rural America awarded more than $540,000 to support groups, projects and grants committed to agricultural education, and assisted 23,366 educators to expose youth and young adults to agriculture. 

“Naturally, we gravitate toward the contributions our supporters make to our local programs and students, but we shouldn’t forget the commitment Compeer Financial makes for us educators,” said Kathy Hartmann-Breunig, executive director of WAAE. “For several years now, Compeer has supported our Professional Development Conference because they know that when educators have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, the students ultimately will be the ones impacted by that knowledge.”

“We thank Compeer Financial for their partnership in education, their support and their dedication to agricultural education.”



About the Fund for Rural America
The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America is the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, structured to support Compeer Financial’s mission to enrich agriculture and rural America. Compeer Financial’s Board of Directors has dedicated one percent of annual net earnings to support the Fund’s focus areas of agricultural advocacy and development, agriculture education, cooperative initiatives, rural development and community enrichment; and youth engagement. The Fund is managed by a Board of Trustees, made up of team members from Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin and members of the Compeer Financial Board of Directors. More information about opportunities available through the Fund can be found at

About Compeer Financial
Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. The $27.7 billion organization provides loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Based in the Upper Midwest, Compeer Financial exists to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America, while providing personalized service and expertise to clients and the agriculture industry.

Compeer Financial is the third largest cooperative of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending institutions supporting agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. Learn more about Compeer Financial.


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