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Pierce County Farm Bureau advocates at the Capitol

Area people at Ag Day at the Capitol March 8 had a chance to visit with their legislators to discuss current farm policies. Shown from left: Pam Benitz, Mary, Marilyn Fanetti, Tara Prochnow, Jane Mueller, Warren Petryk, Jim Benitz, Dean Bergseng, Monica Krings, Kevin Knutson and John Krings. (Submitted photo)

MADISON – Members of Pierce 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 8.

Attendees started out at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. There they heard from Gov. Scott Walker. He spoke about the importance of agriculture to Wisconsin’s economy.

Said Walker: “Farming isn’t just a business, it’s a way of life.”

Jordan Lamb, attorney with Dewitt Ross & Stevens, spoke to the group on groundwater legislation; Bill McCoshen, Capitol Consultants, spoke on transportation funding; Bob Welsch, The Welch Group Inc, spoke on potential changes to the agrichemical management fund and the agricultural chemical cleanup program.

Rob Richard and Paul Zimmerman with Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Government Relations briefed the audience 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 walked 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 from the state’s diverse agriculture landscape come to Madison to learn more about state issues and to meet with 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.