The Second Annual Food, Fuel and Future Summit will be held Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Firehouse, Viroqua, Wis.  The conference is sponsored by CAFÉ (Citizens for Agriculture and Friends of the Environment) as a collaborative effort, bringing farmers, landowners, sportsmen, businesses and friends working together to preserve the agricultural economy, the environment and a way of life.  Nationally known speakers will share the program from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The speakers and topics for the program include: 

·         Carl Babler, senior hedge specialist for First Capitol Ag., Galena, IL, “Managing Risk Without Government Influence.”

·         Matt Wilde, award-winning agriculture and business writer for the Courier in Waterloo, IA, “What Really Happens When a Hog CAFO is Built in Your Community.”

·         David Drake, an University of Wisconsin extension wildlife specialist and associate professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, “The Role of Wildlife on the Farm and the Important Role Farmers Play.”

·         Dennis Frame, co-director of Discovery Farms, “The Practical Science Teachings of Runoff from All Types of Land.”

·         Producer panel, “Why They Choose the Business of Farming,” with panel members, Stacy Mlsna, Jason Pedretti and Corey Leis, all Vernon County young farmers.

The cost for the Summit is $25

To make a reservation or request a conference brochure, please contact Jan or Mava Clark at (608) 625-4594 by Feb. 14.

For more information or to join CAFÉ, contact Jim Mlsna at (608) 604-0012 or e-mail:

Source: Citizens for Agriculture and Friends of the Environment