Farmers and food system allies are invited to join Wisconsin Farmers Union for our annual Summer Conference, which will be virtual this year. The Aug. 13 event will focus on “Exploring Climate Change & the Role of Family Farms.” Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes will join us and share insights from the Task Force on Climate Change. National Farmers Union President Rob Larew will also be a featured guest, sharing the organization’s efforts to educate policymakers and advocate for climate change programs for farmers. NFU recently launched a Climate Change Resource Center that includes resources for farmers to advocate for policies that support efforts to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, details on the latest actions by policymakers, and information on existing programs that aim to ensure a more economically and environmentally sustainable future for agriculture and rural America. Attendees will learn how they can organize for change and will be the first to view a climate change video featuring WFU members’ climate-friendly conservation practices. In recent years, Summer Conference attendees have taken part in a pie contest and social. We’ll carry on the tasty tradition by encouraging participants to enjoy their own slice of pie during the conference. Proud bakers can share their creations on social media with #piesandpolitics.
If you struggle with rural broadband issues, most of the conference content will be just as enjoyable over the phone. We'll be sending the online meeting link but also call-in information to registrants in the week leading up to the event.