Back in mid March, I took a day away from the farm to join Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) in Madison for their Farm & Rural Lobby Day. It was a great experience. I carpooled with Linda and Cathy to Stevens Point and then we vanpooled with other WFU members from the central part of the state. WFU scheduled meetings for us with our Senators and Representatives, in our case, Janet Bewley and Beth Meyers. Policy staff at WFU had prepared really nice documents to share at these meetings on 4 priority topics: Supporting UWEX, Nonpartisan Redistricting, Rural Broadband and a Well Dispute Settlement Program proposal. We also had the opportunity to bring up other topics of importance to us. For Linda, Cathy and me, supporting UWEX was especially important and we each had examples of ways in which UWEX has been extremely valuable to us over the years.
We asked that our legislators let us know when they are in Price County so we could meet with them to continue the conversations.
Not long afterwards, I got a call from Beth Meyers’ staff person asking if she could come to tour my farm and learn about agriculture in Price County. Of course I was thrilled to host her. The day when Beth visited here, she also toured Linda and Gerry Ceylor’s Organic Valley dairy farm and had a listening session with a group of farmers in Catawba.
Just before Beth arrived here, a Channel 12 – Rhinelander van pulled in and Ben Meyer asked if he could tag along on the tour. Turns out this meant with video camera in tow! Good thing I didn’t have advance warning, I would have had time to get nervous. Here is his take on my visit with Beth Meyers: http://www.wjfw.com/storydetails/20160422174529