Ag Day at the Capitol will be held Jan. 29 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 proposed changes to rules and definitions of implements of husbandry (farm machinery) and animal welfare according to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.
"The difference this day makes for agriculture is tremendous," said Jim Holte, 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 economy 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. At 12:45 p.m., an issue briefing and appearance by Gov. Scott Walker is planned. At 2:30 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 3-5 p.m. for Jan. 29.
Register for Ag Day by calling the Wisconsin Farm Bureau at 1-800-261-3276. The cost is $25. The registration deadline is Jan. 23. Late registrations will cost $30. A copy of the registration form is also available on the front page of www.wfbf.com.
The Rural Mutual Insurance Company and GROWMARK Inc. are major sponsors of the event. Co-sponsors of the event with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau include the Dairy Business Association, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Cattlemen's Association, Wisconsin Corn Growers Association, Wisconsin Pork Association, Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, Wisconsin Soybean Association and the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association.