Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

The Power of Relationship Building: Join WPVGA for Ag Day at the Capitol 2018!

By Jordan Lamb, DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Despite the fact that we are more “connected” than ever in today’s technology-driven and dependent society, there is still no “plugged in” equivalent to a personal meeting.  That is even more true when building a thriving advocacy program.

The WPVGA has undoubtedly built a strong culture of advocacy for our industry over years of consistent relationship building with Wisconsin elected, appointed and other government officials.  In addition, we have had a group of farmer-leaders whose commitment to the industry has included taking the time to build personal relationships with their State Representative and State Senator.  This connection is the strongest form of advocacy.  It allows the government official to know you, know your industry and engage in a conversation with you about what it is like to farm in your area before you may need to ask him or her to take action on a particular issue.

There are many opportunities to build these relationships but one opportunity is the annual Ag Day at the Capitol event.  This is a joint event with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and numerous other commodity groups, including the WPVGA.

This year, Ag Day at the Capitol will be held on January 24, 2018 at Monona Terrace in Madison.  This is a day of issue briefing and capitol visits with legislators by farmers from across commodity groups.

Join us!  Be a part of the WPVGA advocacy program and join us for Ag Day 2018.  To sign up, download the form and send it in or email dsorano@wisconsinpotatoes.com, who can assist you with registering.  This is an opportunity to engage and converse with those who represent you in Wisconsin’s State Legislature.

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