Dodge County will host the 69th annual Alice in Dairyland Finals events in May 2016. Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Secretary Ben Brancel made the announcement Saturday during the Finale event for the selection of the 68th Alice in Dairyland in Manitowoc County.
Agriculture provides 19 percent of the jobs in Dodge County, and $2.9 billion in economic activity. That amounts to more than one-third of the county’s total economic activity. The county consistently ranks among the top five in Wisconsin for conventional crops such as corn for grain, soybeans, peas, tobacco, and winter wheat, as well as livestock such as hogs and pigs. It is also among the top ten Wisconsin counties in milk production, cattle and calves, and pheasants sold in the state.
Alice in Dairyland is a communications professional who works to educate the public about Wisconsin agriculture. Each year, a new Alice is selected from a group of finalists during a months-long public job interview, and, each year, a different county hosts the finals. Teyanna Loether of Sauk City will start work June 1 as the 68th Alice.
Throughout her year, Loether will attend numerous events in Dodge County to promote its agricultural industries and the events leading up to the selection of the 69th Alice in Dairyland, which will take place May 5-7, 2016.
The annual Alice in Dairyland interview process includes the three-day finals event each May, as well as a two-day briefing event several weeks earlier. These events include press conferences, agribusiness tours, interviews with local media and speeches. Some of the final interview events are open to the public and include opportunities to showcase local businesses and products.
Learn more about the Alice in Dairyland program at datcp.wi.gov/Business/Alice_in_Dairyland.