CHIPPEWA FALLS – Farmers from across Wisconsin will gather in Wisconsin Dells Dec. 9-11 for the 92nd Annual Wisconsin Farmers’ Union State Convention.
“Since the 1930s, the annual convention has provided an opportunity for farmers to come together, hear from agricultural leaders, and establish grassroots policy that supports a united vision of family farming,” said the president of the UMA, Darin Von Ruden. “We will continue this legacy by coming together.”
This year’s keynote speaker will be USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux, who will speak on Optimizing Federal Programs for Agricultural Resilience. Ducheneaux, a fourth-generation rancher from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and former executive director of the Intertribal Agriculture Council, was named director of the FSA in 2021. In this role, he provides leadership and direction to agricultural policy, administering loan programs, and managing conservation, commodity, disaster, and agricultural marketing programs through a nationwide network of offices.
Convention weekend will begin at noon on Friday, December 9 with a Groundswell pre-conference event, “Climate-Smart Agriculture in Wisconsin: Policies, Practices, and Programs.” The afternoon of programming is planned by the UMA Farmer-led Climate Change Committee.
The official convention kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday with a presidential address followed by workshops on farm finance, dairy policy, USDA programs, and the 2023 Farm Bill. The weekend will also include plenty of networking time. , the Torchbearer Awards Ceremony for Youth Program Graduates and a Celebration of Rural Champions.
WBU is soliciting raffle baskets, merchandise, artwork or other donations for a silent auction at the convention. If you would like to donate, please contact Brad Henderson at 715-214-7244 or [email protected]
The convention is open to the public, but only member delegates can vote on policy issues. On the last day of the convention, members will elect two delegates to represent Wisconsin at the National Farmers Union convention March 5-7, 2023 in San Francisco. They will also elect District 1 WFU Board Trustees (Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas and Washburn counties) , District 4 (Buffalo, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe and Trempealeau counties), District 8 (Brown, Calumet, Dodge, Door, Fond du Lac, Forest, Florence, Kewaunee, Langlade, Marinette, Manitowoc, Menominee, Milwaukee, Oconto, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Shawano, Sheboygan, Washington, Waukesha and Winnebago counties) and At-Large Headquarters.
Visit www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com/convention for more details and to register.
Wisconsin Farmers Union, a member-driven organization, is committed to improving the quality of life for family farmers, rural communities, and all through educational opportunities, cooperative efforts, and civic engagement. For more information, visit www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com.