Distillery, farm safety featured at WWA conference

Gloria Hafemeister

The Wisconsin Women for Agriculture is hosting a two-day conference and their annual meeting Oct. 3 and 4 at Dane and Randolph.

The event begins Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. with the organization’s annual meeting. Immediately following the meeting, there will be a tour and presentation by Joe and Liz Henry, who are hosting the organization, followed by a tour of their on-farm bourbon distillery.

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J. Henry & Sons Bourbon is located in a 100-year-old dairy barn within eyesight of Interstate 39-90-94. The barn, built decades before the interstate highway divided the farmland, has been transformed into a brick house for their J. Henry & Sons bourbon. The 40-by-100-foot structure is stacked with more than 600 barrels made of Wisconsin white oak and filled with award-winning bourbon sourced from corn, wheat and rye grown on the Henry property.

Liz Henry, a former Alice in Dairyland, will share information with the group about the bourbon distillery at Henry Farms — a seed corn company that produces seeds for other seed companies. The presentation and tour will be followed by dinner.

The next day, the annual conference continues at Feil Supper Club in Randolph and will feature a farm-safety program.

The program begins with registration and refreshments at 9:30 a.m., followed by a panel discussion by several people who have witnessed accidents and information about how they responded to them. While first responders have a reputation for responding very quickly to accidents, those first minutes of waiting for help to arrive can seem like an eternity to someone who is on the scene.

Following that introduction, Perle Macheel, EMS coordinator for Randolph, will share information on what to do (and what not to do) when an accident occurs.

The meeting will conclude with lunch featuring guest speaker Shelly Grosenick, who will talk about the Watertown cable television program, Bountiful Wisconsin.

Following lunch, the group will travel to Fox Lake to tour SAGES, a charter school that is a part of the Waupun School district and focuses on agricultural and environmental studies.