Ag Day at the Capitol will be held January 24 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. This event is the largest gathering of farmers from across the state representing a variety of farm groups to learn more about issues affecting Wisconsin agriculture and meet with their state legislators.
Topics for discussion will be implementation of hemp legislation, CAFO transfer from DNR to DATCP, high capacity well permitting process, wetland legislation and NR 151 targeted performance standards.
“Ag Day at the Capitol is an opportunity for farmers to build a relationship with their elected officials and talk about how decisions made in the Capitol affect Wisconsin agriculture,” said Jim Holte, Wisconsin Farm Bureau President. “It is imperative that we, as farmers, take time to talk with our legislators and visiting them at the Capitol allows us to do that in a powerful way.”
Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with the program starting at 11:30 a.m. Governor Walker is scheduled to speak at 12:30 p.m. A lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. an issue briefing will take place. At 2:30 p.m. attendees will walk up the street to the State Capitol to meet with their legislators in the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate.
It is important that attendees call the offices of their legislators in advance to schedule an appointment between 3 and 5 p.m. for Wednesday, January 24.
Register for Ag Day at the Capitol by calling Wisconsin Farm Bureau at 1.800.261.3276. Ride sharing is available. The cost is $25 per person before January 18. Late registrations and at-the-door attendees will cost $30. A copy of the registration form is available at bit.ly/2018AgDayAtTheCapitol.
Rural Mutual Insurance Company and GROWMARK Inc. are major sponsors of the event. Co-sponsors of the event, with Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, include 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.