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Wisconsin Farmers Union Hires Government Relations Associate

Wisconsin Farmers Union Hires Government Relations Associate
Zachary Herrnstadt is Iowa State University graduate.

Zachary Herrnstadt has been hired by Wisconsin Farmers Union as a government relations associate.

Herrnstadt is from Ames, Iowa, where tending a backyard vegetable garden with his father sparked his lifelong interest in how food makes its way from the farm to the table.

Zachary Hermstadt has a bachelor's degree in English and environmental studies.

After graduating from Iowa State University with bachelor's degrees in English and environmental studies, He spent six years working for natural food cooperatives in Iowa and Minnesota. He recently completed a master's degree in community food and agricultural systems from Michigan State University, where his research focused on exploring consumer perceptions of bird management practices utilized on fruit farms as well as communicating those perceptions to farmers through outreach efforts.

Herrnstadt is excited to be a part of WFU, where he will work to advance policies crafted to help family farms and rural communities thrive.

Hermstadt will be working closely with government relations director Kara O'Connor and policy organizer David Wright-Racette, Herrnstadt will be communicating WFU policy positions and priorities to legislators and agency officials as well as discussing state and federal legislative developments with WFU members.

 "Zachary will be a great addition to the WFU policy team, and we are very pleased to have him on board," said Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden. "His diverse work experience in our food and agricultural system, from working with farmers to retailers to end consumers, gives him unique insights that will serve him well in this position."  

Herrnstadt's first day with Wisconsin Farmers Union was Aug. 5.
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