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WFU Members Head to D.C. For Legislative Fly-in
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/10/2019

Two dozen Wisconsin members of the National Farmers Union are among several hundred producers attending the group's fall legislative fly-in this week. Participants are expected to discuss key agricultural topics with their elected officials, including the dairy crisis, the ongoing trade war, consolidation in agriculture and more.

"As a farmer-led organization, grassroots advocacy is a big part of Farmers Union," said Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden. "The fly-in is an opportunity for members to meet with their representatives in Congress and put a face to the issues impacting rural America. Given the state of the farm economy, we need policies that support family farmers and foster a sustainable future for rural America."

Advocates from across the country will also campaign for policies that strengthen the farm safety net, reduce chronic overproduction, help farmers and ranchers implement climate smart practices, restore competition to the agricultural economy, resolve ongoing trade disputes, and expand the market for homegrown biofuels.

Farmers-members representing the Wisconsin delegation include John Adams, Washburn; Sarah Baghat-Eggert, Clayton; and Evan Flom, Ashland; Paul Adams, Eleva; Andrew Cotter, Eau Claire; Victoria and Brittany Dunnum, Westby; Erin Elsner, Medford; Lisa Geary, Viola; Bryce and Max Luchterhand, Unity; Kriss Marion, Blanchardville; Sue Marx, Helenville; Joseph Ploeckelman, Athens; and Dennis Rosen, Emerald. Other WFU officers and staff are also part of the trip, such as Von Ruden, NFU Vice President Patty Edelburg, Amherst Junction; Executive Director Julie Keown-Bomar, Government Relations Director Kara O'Connor, Government Relations Associate Bobbi Wilson, Special Projects Director Sarah Lloyd, and Communications Associate Tommy Enright; Rick Adamski, Seymour, and Linda Ceylor, Catawba.

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