Wisconsin Farmers Union has presented its honorary Builders Award to Ron and Christine Wilson of Balsam Lake in recognition of their years of service and commitment to the Polk-Burnett County Farmers Union chapter.

Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden recently presented the award to the couple during a conference at WFU Kamp Kenwood on Lake Wissota and shared the appreciation of Farmers Union members for the Wilsons’ years of service.

“Ron and Christine have always been willing to step forward and take on the important jobs that make an organization work. They have a sincere commitment to the value of family farming, and have shown that support over many years,” Von Ruden said.

Ron served as president of his local Farmers Union chapter since 1985, stepping down just this fall, and Christine has served as secretary for a number of years. Over the years the Wilsons have actively organized and promoted local meetings, helped plan day camps for area youth, organized booths at dairy breakfasts and represented the chapter at state meetings. Christine has been a long-time youth program leader, and one of their daughters received the Farmers Union Torchbearer Award. Ron and Christine’s donated honey has been a favorite fundraising item at the annual WFU Foundation auction.

“The Builders Award is the highest level of recognition and respect that Wisconsin Farmers Union provides,” Von Ruden said, “and we are proud to present this award to Ron and Christine to honor them for their contributions to Farmers Union and to family farming.”