Community leaders, elected officials, dairy and livestock producers, conservation officials and anyone interested in learning how agriculture and local communities can co-exist and thrive are encouraged to attend a Feb. 23 Agriculture-Community Engagement (ACE) workshop at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison. Theme for the Feb. 23 workshop is "The Winding Roads of Dairy—Intersecting Issues and Solutions."
Shelly Mayer, executive director of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, explains that ACE is a working relationship between the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW), Wisconsin Towns Association (WTA) and Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) where the organizations share information and learn from each other. ACE events bring stakeholders to the table to learn about the economic and environmental value of agriculture to local communities and to discuss issues affecting the sustainability of agriculture within the state's communities.
"Meetings such as the upcoming Feb. 23 one in Madison provide a platform where scientifically sound and rational approaches are taken to address the often emotional issues surrounding the management of modern agriculture," Mayer states. "PDPW's job is to provide the facts about the dairy industry and explain best management practices. We're also look forward to learning from community leaders and engaging in healthy dialogue for the benefit of both agriculture and Wisconsin communities. The more communities and agriculture openly communicate on issues that are important to each of us, the better for all."
Five key presenters are on tap for the Feb. 23 ACE educational seminar:
Ben Brancel, Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, will explain the rippling affect that Wisconsin's dairy industry—which surpasses $27 billion—has on Wisconsin's communities and the state's economy.
Kevin Erb, Conservation Professional Development and Training Coordinator, UW Extension, will share information from the three-state, four-year study undertaken by the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin (PNAAW) that looked at the impact of farm equipment on rural and low-volume roads and will outline what was learned from the study.
Steve Pudloski , Director of the Wisconsin Transportation Information Center, UW-Madison, will walk attendees through the road building process and explain the "how and why" of proper road construction.
Sergeant Micheal Klingenberg, Wisconsin State Patrol, will discuss road regulations and how the laws apply to the agricultural industry.
Gary Conklin, Ohio dairy producer, will tell about his firsthand experiences with Mercy4Animals and explain how "crisis management" and strong support from his rural community were paramount to handling this sticky situation.
Cost for registration is $50/person and includes lunch and all workshop material. Walk-ins will be accepted at the meeting.
To learn more about the Feb. 23 ACE workshop in Madison or PDPW's role in this progressive program, please contact the PDPW office at 1.800.947.7379, go to the PDPW website at www.pdpw.org or click here to view program details.Source: PDPW