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January 7, 2004

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LA CROSSE, Wis--Father and son dairy farmers Jim and Tim Servais will discuss their family business during the next installment of Viterbo University’s Brown Bag Series Tuesday, Jan. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Center for Ethics, Science, and Technology.

Jim Servais owns 200 dairy cows and 200 other head of cattle on Hamburg Farm in Vernon County. Jim will share his story of how he left a manufacturing job to begin farming in 1971. He and his son will also discuss many of the issues facing family farms today
Jim, who serves on the Vernon County Board and the Governor’s Land Use Committee, is the town of Hamburg Chairperson, and has been active in the Wisconsin Farmers Union for 23 years.

The Jan. 27 Brown Bag discussion will be the third in the four-part “The Family Business: Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future” series. The series features owners of local family run businesses discussing topics such as the values involved in operating a business for the long-term and the benefits such businesses provide to the community and future generations.

Rose Jewelers owners Steve and Nancy Rose and Grounded Specialty Coffees owners Todd and Deb Ondell will bring the series to a close March 10. The Brown Bag Series is sponsored by the D.B. Reinart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and the Viterbo School of Business.

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