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Harvey Kamps Receives Farm Bureau Top Award
Issue Date: December 5, 2012
Harvey Kamps of Coleman received the highest award the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation bestows upon members.
He was presented the Distinguished Service to Farm Bureau Award at the WFBF annual meeting on Dec. 2 for his exceptional leadership and support to Farm Bureau efforts.
Kamps, a former dairy farmer, served as president of the Marinette County Farm Bureau for 32 years and is still an active member. During his tenure as president he led the county to 16 consecutive years of membership growth. He was instrumental in operating the Marinette County Fair Farm Bureau ice cream stand to raise funds and promote dairy products. Pulling floats in parades, membership drives and volunteering at the Marinette County Breakfast on the Farm were other projects he participated in.
On the state level, Kamps served on the WFBF Policy Development Committee and was a supporter of the School Taxes Off Property (STOP) campaign and the efforts for implementing use value assessment of farmland. He also attended numerous Ag Day at the Capitol events and WFBF Annual Meetings.
Throughout his involvement, Kamps encouraged young people to become involved in Farm Bureau and to create successful committee programs.
His positive attitude inspired others to become active on various state and national Farm Bureau committees, said Ryan Staidl, current president of the Marinette County Farm Bureau, who nominated Kamps.
Kamps and his wife, Sharon, have nine children, 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He also served on his church council and as chairman of the Pound Town Board for eight years.