SRPF Board Members
Joe Wagner, President, Greenbush
John Helmer, Vice President, Plymouth
Tom Stemper, Treasurer, Plymouth
Warren DeMunck, Glenbeulah
Dan Roehrborn, Plymouth
Dennis Roehrborn, Plymouth
Nick Kleiber, Elkhart Lake
Mike Mulder, Plymouth
Joe Loehr, Mt. Calvary
Clint Hodorff, Eden
Travis Luedke, Plymouth
SRPF Members Bios
Joe Wagner, President
My wife Laura and I are 3rd generation farmers in the Town of Greenbush, Sheboygan County, where we raised 4 children. We grow corn, soybeans, and wheat on 235 acres. Approximately 65 acres are Highly Erodible Land (HEL).
The conservation practices we use include about 5000 feet of grassed waterways, 18 acres of buffer along a ditch that flows into the Sheboygan Marsh, strip-cropping, no-tilling soybeans on HEL land, and no-tilling all winter wheat and cover crops. These are practices we feel will ensure that the land is better when we leave than when we got here.
I have been a member of the Greenbush Volunteer Fire Department since 1980. As president of the Sheboygan River Basin Progressive Farmers, I am promoting conservation practices that will help farmers and the general public for many years to come.
I operate Roehrborn Farms LLC along with my parents and wife Cindy. We have 2 children and live in Sheboygan County near Johnsonville. We were recognized at the Wisconsin State Fair in 2017 because our farm has been in the family for 100 years. Our family also operates D-D Meat Processing. In 2012 we dispersed our Registered Holstein herd after purchasing a grain facility. Without the cattle, we no longer needed to grow hay, which led to new concerns on highly erodible fields that were no longer in an alfalfa rotation. That's when we began to establish water-way buffers, cover crops, use of minimum tillage and no-till practices. Working with the Sheboygan River Conservancy group and the National Corn Growers Soil Health Partnership program, we were able to improve soil health on our 720 acres.
My family has been active in FFA and 4-H our entire lives. I feel honored to be part of establishing the Sheboygan River Watershed Project and a founding member of the Sheboygan River Progressive Farmers.
I own and operate Roehrborn Farms LLC along with my son Dan and the rest of our family. My wife Shirley and I have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. This year will be our 48th wedding anniversary. I was born and raised on the family dairy farm which was my mother’s homestead. As a retired farmer, I keep busy with our D-D Meat Processing and the grain farm. Throughout the years, I have been involved in Conservation Congress, Deer 2000 committee, president of the Wisconsin Coon Hunters Association, Johnsonville Fire Department for 40 years and was fire chief for 13 years. Our family has also been active in FFA and 4-H in our community. Our newest involvements are with the Sheboygan River Watershed Conservancy and the Sheboygan River Progressive Farmers. I am excited to see where these efforts will take the future of farming and proud to participate in these programs.
I help manage my family’s dairy farm, Second Look Holsteins, outside of Eden, Wisconsin. We milk 950 cows and run 1,250 acres of farm land. We are a 5th generation farm, and are making room for the next generation to come in and help in the business. We are looking at ways to help with water quality and soil conservation. We are using vertical tillage, minimal disturbance manure applications, cover crops, and crop rotations to manage soil erosion and soil health. We have a nutrient management plan to help with manure application, soil health, and erosion. We have grassed waterways and are putting in 25-foot setbacks from creeks and waterways. We want to keep looking at ways to help with soil health and conservation efforts and feel being involved with the Sheboygan River Progressive Farmers will help us do so.