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Wisconsin Farmers Union Annual Convention

Cathy Statz
December 12, 2022

Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) honored several individuals for their dedication to family farmers at the 92nd annual Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention Dec. 9-11th. The event drew more than 200 farmers to Wisconsin Dells for a weekend of networking, educational workshops, and grassroots policymaking. 

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Wisconsin Farmers Union elects new president

Rick Adamski
February 10, 2022

CHIPPEWA FALLS – Rick Adamski of Seymour was elected as the new president of Wisconsin Farmers Union during the family farm organization’s annual board of directors reorganization meeting February 9th. Westby dairy farmer Darin Von Ruden, who had served as president since 2010, was re-elected to serve as District 5 Director but has shifted to the role of vice president.

Daun to lead WFU’s farmer-led watershed efforts

Tara Daun
May 20, 2021

CHIPPEWA FALLS — Tara Daun has been hired as the Farmer-Led Watershed Council Coordinator for Wisconsin Farmers Union. In this role, Daun will work directly with farmer-led councils in Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties to increase farmer engagement, build council capacity, expand participation in incentive programs, coordinate water testing and programming, and foster conservation in the Mississippi River Watershed.

Rural leadership recognized at WFU Convention

Rachel Henderson and Family
February 4, 2021

Several members and two Wisconsin legislators were recognized for their leadership and dedication to rural Wisconsin this weekend during the 90th Annual Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention. Nearly 250

Get Ready for Goat-tober With Endangered San Clemente Island Goats in Western Wisconsin

Erin with Goats
October 8, 2020

EB Ranch is steward to these endangered goats, and offers luscious goat milk soap and other diverse farm products.


Ridgeland, WI 9/7/2020 — My name is Erin Link and am a woman farmer that owns EB Ranch with my partner Robert Grundy. In 2013 I brought some of these rare, San Clemente Island Goats onto my farm. Now the herd and farm have grown and total SCIG populations in the US and Canada have increased from around 400 to over 800. 


Rural America Needs Champions

Darin Von Ruden
October 7, 2020

This past winter, not long before COVID-19 shifted so many things in our lives, I found myself sitting across from a friend at a coffee shop, debating the biggest problems facing rural America. At their root, many of those issues kept coming back to the same point, big money that is stifling the average American's voice and controlling what happens on Capitol Hill – and a lack of leaders willing to stand up to it.

Jeff Smith - Every Day, Every Farmer Counts

State Senator Jeff Smith
September 29, 2020

Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in America. In 2018, the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety reported . National Farm Safety and Health Week takes place every year during the third week of September to acknowledge the dangers when farming, especially now, while farmers are harvesting.

Cherries, Cows, and Cognitive Dissonance - oh, my!

Brittany Olson
September 3, 2020

Even though my days as a farm journalist are getting farther and farther behind me in the rearview mirror, the desire to know what’s going on in the world is one that I still haven’t been able to shake. One day, I was reading Wisconsin Ag Connection as I do before chores every morning when I came across a piece titled “USDA Announces Production Controls on Cherries”.

Jeff Smith - Big Agenda for Small Farms

State Senator Jeff Smith
August 18, 2020

When it comes to farming, one thing is certain – it connects us all. Many of us in western Wisconsin can trace our roots to farming. But even if we’ve personally lost a physical connection to the family farm, all Wisconsin residents have an obvious connection to Wisconsin’s agricultural heritage.