The past year has been an incredible one for Wisconsin Farmers Union, with our grassroots work helping to shift narratives and strengthen the voice of family farmers and rural communities. We're keeping the momentum going this spring with a number of opportunities coming up to elevate rural issues such as consolidation in agriculture, the dairy crisis, eminent domain, value-added enterprises, conservation and more. Please help us spread the word!
Heartland Forum - March 30 - Storm Lake, IA
Wisconsin Farmers Union is filling a bus full of farmers for a March 30th road trip to the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake, Iowa, which will focus on consolidation in agriculture and other rural issues. WFU will provide the transportation; meal costs are on your own. Your time commitment is just one day away from the farm, as we'll be leaving in the early hours of the morning and returning that evening. A bus will depart from northwest Wisconsin with stops through west central Minnesota. A carpool from southern Wisconsin, departing from Madison, will also be arranged.
The event will be moderated by Art Cullen, Pulitzer Prize winner and editor of The Storm Lake Times. Some high profile presidential candidates are expected to be in attendance. Join us in raising rural issues to the national stage! Click here to register or for more information.
Dairy Together Road Show
Wisconsin Farmers Union is continuing our push for a viable dairy economy for family farmers, and we are taking Dairy Together nationwide. We are teaming up with the National Farmers Organization, National Farmers Union, Holstein Association USA and other state Farmers Union organizations to present a path forward for dairy that is rooted in research. For a sneak peek, check out the newly released Analysis of Selected Dairy Programs to Reduce Volatility in Milk Prices and Farm Income.
Dairy Together Road Show locations in Wisconsin include:
• Oshkosh, Wisconsin: March 27, 10am-noon, WPS Farm Show, EAA Grounds (Hospitality Room inside Hangar A), 1001 Waukau Ave. Free for WPS Farm Show attendees but you must pay $3 per vehicle to park.
• Eau Claire, Wisconsin: April 2, 11am-2pm, 29 Pines Conference Center, 5872 33rd Ave. Includes lunch.
• Platteville, Wisconsin: April 4, 12-2:30pm, UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm, 29200 College Farm Rd. Includes lunch.RSVP to Dairy Together Road Show events and learn more at www.dairytogether.com.
Value Added Dairy Workshops
Due to the volatility of commodity dairy prices, many farmers are turning to value-added enterprises as an avenue for their farm to survive and thrive into the future. Several upcoming workshops will walk farmers through the process of venturing into value-added enterprises.
Little Pink House Film Screenings
Farmers Union chapters across the state have also signed on to host screenings of The Little Pink House. The documentary shares the story of a small-town paramedic who inspired a nation in her fight to protect private property rights against eminent domain for private gain. See attached for viewing locations Want to host a viewing in your area? Contact Kirsten Slaughter at 608-514-2031. See www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com/events for viewing locations.
Women Caring for the Land
WFU is again partnering with Pheasants Forever of Wisconsin to host a series of Women Caring for the Land workshops around the state. Women Caring for the Land was created by the Women, Food & Agriculture Network. The events provide women landowners the opportunity to network with their peers and learn from conservation resource professionals. Summer 2019 locations include:
PESHTIGO - July 8, 4-8pm, Pope Family Pastures, W5420 Leslie Rd.
WALDO - July 10, 4-8pm, Perennial Farms LLC, N3804 Cty. Rd. E
RIDGELAND - July 15, 8:30am-3pm, EB Ranch, N13346 490th St.
FERRYVILLE - August date to-be-determined, Fenn's Folly, 12041 Severson Rd.
Additional Women Caring for the Land events are being planned in Brown and Bayfield counties. Stay tuned for more details!
Application deadlines are quickly approaching for two excellent Farmers Union leadership programs. Be sure to check them out if you're a beginning farmer or someone interested in developing your leadership within Farmers Union!
Farmers Union Enterprises Leadership Program - Apply by March 22nd!
Beginning Farmers Institute - Apply by April 12th!
WFU couldn't do all that we do without your grassroots support!