Ag Day at the Capitol Is Feb. 8

Ag Day at the Capitol Is Feb. 8

Farmers can learn more about state issues and meet with their legislators.

Ag Day at the Capitol will be held Feb. 8 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. Ag Day at the Capitol is the largest gathering of farmers from across the state representing a variety of farm groups to learn more about state issues and meet with their state legislators.

Hot topics on the legislative plate are expected to be agricultural economic development, use value assessment of farmland, animal welfare and environmental issues according to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.

"The difference this day makes for agriculture is tremendous," said Bill Bruins, 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 sector in Wisconsin."

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with introductions at 11:30 a.m.  A lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Issue briefings and a panel of guest legislative speakers will begin at 12:45 p.m.  At 3 p.m. attendees will then 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 p.m. and 5 p.m. for Feb. 8.

Register for Ag Day by calling the Wisconsin Farm Bureau at 1.800.261.3276. The cost is $20. The registration deadline is Jan. 31. Late registrations will cost $25. A copy of the registration form is also available in the 'events' section of www.wfbf.com.

The panel of legislative speakers will soon be announced.

The Rural Mutual Insurance Company and GROWMARK Inc. are major sponsors of the event. Cosponsors of the event with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau include a variety of other dairy, beef, pork, horse, corn, soybean, cranberry, potato and vegetable groups.

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