Climate change, renewable fuels and "green" jobs are leading topics of discussion on Capitol Hill. Wisconsin Farmers Union will explore biofuel production and how it's used to create jobs and economic independence with permaculture and biofuels expert David Blume, featured speaker at WFU's Summer Conference.
U.S. Farm Service Agency Director Doug Caruso will also be a guest speaker. Caruso was appointed to the position by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in April. He will discuss his new role, the programs and opportunities offered through the FSA and the administration's plans to improve the strength of the agricultural economy.
The conference will be held at WFU's Kamp Kenwood, 19161 79th Avenue, Chippewa Falls on Thursday, June 25. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Blume is the author of the Amazon.com best-selling book, Alcohol Can Be a Gas. A lifelong farmer, Blume formed the first commercially successful Community Supported Agriculture farm in California.
Caruso recently left his post as CEO of the Wisconsin Farmers Union Specialty Cheese Company to take his new position at the FSA.
In addition, WFU President Sue Beitlich will give an update on WFU activities.
The event is open to the public. WFU asks everyone to pre-register for the event by June 19, 2009 by calling the WFU State Office at 1-800-272-5531 or emailing [email protected] Registration is $10 per member or $15 per non-member and includes the cost of lunch and refreshments.
A WFU Family Camp will be held June 25-26, 2009, in conjunction with Summer Conference. So bring the whole family and stay on for a simple cookout supper, campfire and other traditional camp activities.
The Family Camp registration fee of $65 includes Summer Conference registration, Thursday supper, Friday breakfast and overnight accommodations for one adult and up to two children in the Kamp Kenwood youth cabins. There is a $25 fee for each additional adult and a $15 fee for each additional child. Family camp registration forms are available on the WFU website at www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com or call the WFU State Office at 1-800-272-5531.
Directions to Kamp Kenwood: Highway 29 east to the County Highway X exit (brown sign for Lake Wissota State Park, exit 80), continue on County Highway X to the Town of Bateman, turn left/north on County Highway K, shortly after crossing the steel-girder bridge, turn left on 78th Avenue, turn right on 195th Avenue, go straight ahead onto 79th Avenue to Kamp Kenwood. Look for the Kamp Kenwood directional signs.