By: Bob Meyer
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau wrapped-up their annual meeting in Wisconsin Dells on Monday and President Jim Holte was very happy with the tremendous turn-out despite the very wintry weekend.
This was Holte’s first convention as president of the organization and he is very proud of his organization and the people in it, “our members are engaged, looking to help create a more effective policy in our organization and state.” He notes that farmers are constantly working to change and improve their operations and themselves.
After the close of the convention, the Board of Directors met and elected Holte to a second term as president, Dick Gorder of Mineral Point was reelected vice president.
Wayne Staidl of Peshtigo was reelected to a three-year term on the board representing District 7 (Langlade, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano and Waupaca counties).
Don Radtke of Merrill was reelected to a three-year term representing District 8 (Clark, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Price, Taylor and Wood counties).
Nicole Adrian of Platteville was elected to a one-year term as the new Women’s Committee chair and Tim Clark of Lomira was elected to a one-year term as chair of the Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee.
Other Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Board Directors who were not up for reelection included Dave Daniels of Union Grove, Jerry Bradley of Sun Prairie, Joe Bragger of Independence, Kevin Krentz of Berlin and Rosie Lisowe of Chilton.
Among the resolutions the delegates passed amendments to:
- Require voucher schools to meet state testing standards
- Support a hunting season as in other states for Sandhill cranes and other game species
- Have potato and vegetable growers protected by the state’s Producer Security Law
- Allow producer organization to negotiate on behalf of producers for contracts
- Allow counties to raise a 0.5% sales tax with the funds going to county and town roads
The delegate body rejected several amendments offered from the floor including one to allow the sale of raw milk direct to consumers, elimination of the state Premises ID program and another which would have halted funding for the DNR Stewardship Program.
A couple of AFBF national policy proposals were passed:
- Property owners should have access to condition reports of underground pipelines carrying fuel or other hazardous materials
- Oppose 12-ounce limit on milk sold in middle schools and high schools as a competitive food as regulated by the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act.
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