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Dunn, St. Croix County Farm Bureau members advocate for agriculture at Ag Day at the Capitol

MADISON — Members of Dunn and St. Croix County Farm Bureaus, along with nearly 400 other farmers and members from various farm and commodity groups throughout Wisconsin attended Ag Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 11 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in downtown Madison. Ag Day at the Capitol is the largest gathering of farmers from across the state convening to learn more about current issues in agriculture as well as meet with their state representatives.

Dunn County Farm Bureau members attending Ag Day at the Capitol were Cletus and Geri Wolfe, Carl Casper, Connie Anderson, Doug Clark, Sharon Schaefer, Mary and Marv Prestrud, Marilyn Fanetti, Scott Anderson.

St. Croix County Farm Bureau members attending Ag Day at the Capitol were: Kirsten Konder, Dave Kruschke, Kaitlyn Konder, Greg Zwald, Mikayla Doornink, Dennis VanRoekel, April Risler, Terry Mitchel and Lynn Brosi.

Attendees heard from Governor Scott Walker who spoke about the importance of agriculture to Wisconsin’s economy. Members also heard from Jordan Lamb, attorney with Dewitt Ross & Stevens who spoke to the group on High Capacity Wells and the UW System budget and Bob Welch, The Welch Group Inc, who spoke on Transportation. In addition, the WFBF Government Relations team of Karen Gefvert, Rob Richard and Paul Zimmerman briefed everyone about hot topics in agriculture including wolves, Implements of Husbandry and the proposed budget.

“The difference this day makes for agriculture is tremendous,” said Jim Holte, Wisconsin Farm Bureau President. “By having farmers from across the state taking part, our legislative leaders will have no doubt about the needs and opportunities for a growing agricultural economy in Wisconsin.”

Following a briefing session at the Monona Terrace, members marched up to Capitol Hill to meet with local representatives and speak about issues important to our agriculture industry.

Whether or not you attended Ag Day at the Capitol, it is important for all of us to raise our voice on topics that are important to us. Take a few minutes to be familiar with a topic that is affecting you and call your legislators. Inform them how important agriculture is in Dunn County and share your views on topics and how they affect your farm. Remember, when you talk to your legislators to be respectful and thank them for their support.

Be heard and raise your voice for agriculture!