Agriculture, Natural Resource leaders honored during ANR Week Luncheon

LANSING – The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) honored leaders in agriculture and natural resources for leadership at the community, state and national levels today during the annual Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week luncheon at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.

Lou Anna Simon, MSU president, and Fred Poston, dean of the CANR, presented awards to alumni, industry leaders, faculty and staff members during the luncheon, which was held as part of the 99th annual ANR Week.

Outstanding Agriculture Educator is Pat Wehner. She has been the agriscience educator and FFA advisor at Stephenson High School for the past 27 years. She attended Michigan State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in dairy science and a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry in 1983 as well as a vocational agricultural education degree in 1986.

As a dedicated agriscience teacher, she has traveled more than 106,692 miles – approximately 74 full days of driving – often in rain, hail, sleet and snow, and blizzard conditions to and from state conventions, contests, camps, state and county fairs and decathlons.

Many Stephenson students have competed in decathlon, skills and leadership contests and received outstanding junior awards, state degrees, proficiency awards and many scholarships as a direct result of Wehner’s guidance. Since 1987, she has had at least two and up to six finalist teams or individuals at the state level.

Wehner actively serves as a reference, assistant and consultant for many of the 4-H livestock clubs in Menominee County – helping make the agriscience students’ and FFA members’ supervised agricultural experience (SAE) projects that much stronger.

Additionally, Wehner has been an active community member, serving on the Menominee Conservation District Board and as a founding member of Menominee Sheriff Posse and Bay Area Mounted Search and Rescue Unit. She’s also been a Little League coach for both boys and girls, and a varsity girls’ softball coach.

She is involved in women’s softball, bowling and golf leagues.

Wehner lives with her husband, Barry, a large-animal veterinarian, and their two sons, Cody and Chase.