Attendees of Ag Day at the Capitol on January 29 will hear about topics of importance to Wisconsin agriculture from a variety of speakers, notably Governor Scott Walker.

“We are honored to have Governor Walker speak at Ag Day at the Capitol,” WFBF Executive Director of Governmental Relations Paul Zimmerman said. “Governor Walker has been a strong advocate for Wisconsin farm families and agriculture. As governor he has been a strong proponent of use value assessment of farmland, growing the state’s dairy industry and increasing exports of agricultural products.”

Hot topics of discussion by other speakers will include: animal welfare, high capacity well permits for farmers, and changes to the state’s laws pertaining to farm machinery.

“It is important for farmers to meet with their legislators to explain how these topics affect their farm,” Zimmerman said. “Real life examples, told face-to-face by farmers is the most effective way to educate and influence legislators about agricultural issues.”

Registration for Ag Day at the Capitol will begin at 11 a.m. with introductions at 11:30 a.m. A lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Issue briefings begin at 12:45 p.m. 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 January 29.

You can register for Ag Day at the Capitol by calling the Wisconsin Farm Bureau at 1.800.261.3276. The cost is $25. The registration deadline is January 23. Late registrations will cost $30. A copy of the registration form is also available on the front page of 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 and Vegetable Growers Association, Wisconsin Soybean Association and the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association.