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Ag Day at the Capitol will be held Jan. 27 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 discussion will be transportation funding, high capacity well legislation, manure application options and updates to Wisconsin's implements of husbandry law, according to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.

'The difference this day makes for agriculture is tremendous,' said Jim Holte, Wisconsin Farm Bureau President. 'Ag Day at the Capitol is where farmers build relationships with legislators and explain the needs and opportunities for Wisconsin agriculture.'

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with the program starting at 11:30 a.m. A lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. At 12:45 an issue briefing will take place. 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 and 5 p.m. for Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Register for Ag Day by calling the Wisconsin Farm Bureau at 800-261-3276. The cost is $25 per person before Jan. 22. Late registrations and at-the-door attendees will cost $30. A copy of the registration form is available at www.wfbf.com/programsevents/ag-day-at-the-capitol.

The Rural Mutual Insurance Company and GROWMARK Inc. are major sponsors of the event. Co-sponsors of the event with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation include the Dairy Business Association, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Cattlemen's Association, Wisconsin Corn Growers Association, Wisconsin Horse Council, Wisconsin Pork Association, Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, Wisconsin Soybean Association and the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association.

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