Dairyland Forum cancelled amid growing virus concerns, declared state of emergency
Wisconsin Farmers Union has decided to cancel the Dairyland Forum & Rally for Rural Wisconsin, which was set to draw hundreds of family farmers and rural advocates to Dunn County March 29th.
“We were looking forward to gathering together at the Dairyland Forum for a great day of local food, music, and hearing from presidential candidates about their platforms on monopoly power, family farms, and the key issues impacting rural America,” said WFU Executive Director Julie Keown-Bomar. “Unfortunately, due to growing concerns over the Coronavirus and the potential for it to spread at large gatherings, we have decided to cancel the event.”
This decision comes after much thought and at the advisement of health officials. On March 12, Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency in Wisconsin. Six people in the state tested positive with the coronavirus, which health officials anticipate will spread throughout the country. During a recent press event, Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm recommended the cancellation of any events of more than 250 people to help contain the spread of the virus.
"Due to increasing concerns around the spread of the virus, we could not move forward on this event in good conscience," Keown-Bomar said. "We do look forward to hosting other rural issue forums later this year and anticipate offering many other opportunities to lift up rural voices and educate leading up to the election."
Wisconsin Farmers Union will continue to actively elevate rural issues as the months progress toward the election. If you're interested in being a part of this effort, please let us know. We especially are seeking farmers or other advocates who are comfortable speaking about rural issues with media or hosting reporters and/or candidates at their farm or business. To be added to our media speaker bureau, please contact Tommy Enright at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-563-2169.