First Annual Wisconsin Forum on Rural and Urban Agriculture!
- What are the realities of Wisconsin farming today?
- How did we get to this point where policy supports an unsustainable model of agriculture?
- What are the public health implications of our agriculture and food systems in both urban and rural areas?
- What’s the link between farm quality and food quality?
- What can you do about the factory farm near you?
- How do we make our voices heard?
These questions and more will be discussed! Join us as we build a broad inclusive movement to promote sustainable and safe food systems in Wisconsin and beyond.
Fri. Nov. 11th UW-Madison Memorial Union, Tripp Commons
5:00 pm Registration
6:30 pm Welcome and Introduction by John Kinsman, organic dairy farmer and President of Family Farm Defenders;
7:00 pm Keynote Address by John Ikerd, Prof. Emeritus of Agric. Economics – Univ. of MO “How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Going? Growing Together in Strength”
Sat. Nov. 12th UW-Madison, Pyle Center
8:00 am Registration; 9:00 am Welcome and Introduction by Edie Ehlert, Crawford Stewardship Project Coordinator and Prof. William Tracy, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), UW-Madison
9:45 am First Break Out Sessions
1.) Farm/Food Economics – Moderator: Jim Goodman, Dairy Farmer; Panelists include : John Ikerd, Prof. Emeritus of Agric. Economics – Univ. of MO; Sarah Lloyd, Wisconsin Dairy Farmer; Tony Schultz, Wisconsin CSA Farmer
2.) Food Quality/Farm Quality – Moderator, John Peck, Exec. Dir. Family Farm Defenders; Panelists include: Valerie Dantoin Adamski, Dairy Farmer and Teacher; Debra Pearson, D.C. PhD Nutritional Sciences; Bob Wills, Cheesemaker and President of Cedar Grove Cheese
3.) Citizen Science/Air and Water Issues – Moderator, Russ Tooley, former president of Centerville Cares; Panelists include: Bill Hafs, Brown County conservationist; Tarah Heinzen, attorney with Environmental Integrity Project; Miriam Ostrov, attorney with Midwest Environmental Advocates
4.) The Power of the Message: Communicating with the Public, Media and Legislators – Moderator, Spencer Black, former WI Assemblyman and current Adjunct Prof., URPL – UW-Madison; Panelists include: Patty Lovera, assistant director of Food and Water Watch; Ron Seely, reporter for the WI State Journal
12:00 noon Lunch & Keynote Talk: Tony Schultz & Kat Becker, Stoney Acres CSA
1:30 pm Repeat of Earlier Break Out Sessions
3:45 – 4:30 pm Wrap Up Session – Building Solidarity and Taking Action
For more info and to register, visit: http://sustainruralwisconsin.net/