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CLEVELAND – Long-time Wisconsin conservation program leader Jim VandenBrook will be the keynote speaker for the 8th annual “Partnering for Progress” Chautauqua barn dance being held on Saturday evening, Sept. 16, at Saxon Homestead Farm, 15621 South Union Road.

VandenBrook recently founded the Food, Land, and Water Initiative project after serving for 26 years as as a soil and water conservation program specialist in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Early in his career, he was a county conservationist in Vernon and Trempealeau counties in western Wisconsin.

Following the opening of registration at 4:30 pm and the serving of a harvest buffet featuring a smorgasbord of locally grown and sourced foods, VandenBrook will speak about new initiative at 6:30 pm. A barn dance with music provided by Copper Box will follow.

Proceeds from the annual event are shared by Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers, the Gathering Waters farmland trust alliance, and the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership. The Nutrition Service Company of Pulaski is a contributing sponsor for the event.

Early bird ticket prices are in effect until August 31. Those rates are $50 per person or $80 for a couple. Both increase by $10 afterward. For students, the prices are $20 for both reservation periods.

Tickets can be obtained on the lnrp.org/barndance website, by e-mail to jenn@LNRP.org, or by calling (920) 627-1799.

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