Who We Are

The Wisconsin Custom Operators is an organization comprised of individuals throughout the state who derive their income in whole or part from providing custom farming services. These services include: forage harvesting (alfalfa and corn silage), forage bagging, baling, tillage, planting, combining, trucking, manure handling, spraying, among other services.

News & Upcoming Events

Save the Date! 2017 Forage Symposium! January 23-25
Posted On: October 05, 2016
Registration for the 2017 Forage Symposium event will open in November! The Symposium brings together members from WCO, PNAAW and MFA along with industry, extension and research professionals from across the Midwest. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to network with fellow forage and nutrient colleagues. Make sure to book your hotel by January 6, 2017 to receive the $70 per night rate.

Booth information will be send to previous exhibitors in late November. Remember, this show sells out every year and priority is given to Gold level (or higher) sponsors and early registrants. Thank you!
WCO Employee of the Year Award
Posted On: July 30, 2016
One of the biggest issues in agriculture is labor. Even with our struggles, many operators have excellent employees. WCO has created a brand new award to honor employees who are hard-working, loyal, eager to learn and understand the importance of safety (and mentor others in this area).

The deadline is November 1 and the winner will recieve $750 and the nominator will receive $250! Click here to learn more about the award and how you can nominate one of your employees.
Seeking Sponsor: Employee of the Year Award
Posted On: July 29, 2016
WCO is currently seeking a sponsor for the new Employee of the Year award that will be presented at the annual meeting at the January Forage Symposium event.

The sponsoring organization will be recognized in the following ways:
  • Naming rights for the award
  • Ability to present the award & cash prize
  • Invitation to serve on the selection committee
  • Logo engraved on award
  • On the WCO website 
  • Mention in all media releases and follow-up articles
The total cost of the sponsorship is $1,500. The winner of this award will receive $750 and their employer will receive $250. The remaining balance will pay for the award, marketing and placement.

Click here to review the award criteria. Please contact us with questions 
WCO Re-elects Vander Kinter; Elects Directors, Officers
Posted On: February 02, 2016
Board Photo
Kathy Vander Kinter has been re-elected to serve as president of the Wisconsin Custom Operators, Inc. (WCO). Now serving her third year in the role, she is the first female president in the history of the organization. Vander Kinter is employed by Vander Kinter Farms, LLC, a custom harvesting and manure hauling business in Green Bay, owned by her husband Luke and extended family members.
“I am honored to serve another year as president and to help continue WCO’s forward momentum. Our Safety Certification Program is in its second year with a training event planned for March 18.  We also just unveiled data from the WCO Member Survey. WCO remains committed to adding value to our members’ businesses,” said Vander Kinter.
WCO website helps farmers locate nearest custom operator
Posted On: December 20, 2015
If hours in the day were unlimited, all farmers could manage crops, livestock and manure on their own. But sometimes, it is more efficient and cost effective to hire a custom operator.
This winter, as farmers make decisions for the upcoming growing season, they should also be making arrangements with their local custom operator. 

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P.O. Box 567
De Forest, WI 53532