Members of Dunn County Farm Bureau, along with nearly 400 other farmers and members from various farm groups throughout Wisconsin attended Ag Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 8th in downtown Madison.
Attendees started out at the Monona Terrace Convention Center where they heard from Governor Scott Walker who spoke about the importance of agriculture to Wisconsin’s economy. He stated, “Farming isn’t just a business, it’s a way of life.” Members also heard from Jordan Lamb, attorney with Dewitt Ross & Stevens who spoke to the group on groundwater legislation, Bill McCoshen, Capitol Consultants, who spoke on transportation funding and Bob Welsch, The Welch Group Inc, who spoke on potential changes to the agrichemical management fund and the agricultural chemical cleanup program. In addition, Rob Richard and Paul Zimmerman with Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Government Relations, briefed the group about hot topics in agriculture including proposed budget items, rural broadband and the new farmer student loan assistance program.
Following the briefing session at the Monona Terrace, members marched up to Capitol Hill to meet with local representatives and speak about issues important to Wisconsin agriculture.
Ag Day at the Capitol is the largest lobby day for Wisconsin agriculture. Each year, farmers and agriculturists representing all facets of the state’s diverse agriculture landscape come to Madison to learn more about state issues affecting agriculture and meet with their state legislators.
Rural Mutual Insurance Company and GROWMARK Inc. were major sponsors of the event. Co-sponsors of the event with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation included the Dairy Business Association, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association, Wisconsin Corn Growers Association, Wisconsin Horse Council, Wisconsin Pork Association, Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, Wisconsin Soybean Association and the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association.