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ACE Meeting to Focus on Facing Opportunities in Rural Communities
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/29/2018

Rural leaders, elected officials, conservation officials and livestock producers are being invited to participate in a dialogue forum about facing changes, challenges and opportunities in rural communities. The meeting is part of the Agriculture Community Engagement, or ACE partnership--which is a joint effort of the Wisconsin Towns Association, Wisconsin Counties Association and Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin.

The forum will be held February 20 at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Stevens Point.

Attendees will hear from University of Wisconsin Systems President Ray Cross, who will provide an update on the recent proposal to consolidate the system's two-year colleges with nearby four-year UW schools. He will also highlight the significant role the UW plays in helping farmers and producers in Wisconsin remain on the cutting-edge of the industry.

UW-Madison Ag Economist Dr. Mark Stephenson will be on hand to shed light on what's ahead for agriculture and share why Wisconsin producers slide between anxious and hopeful going into 2018.

Other sessions will focus on finding good employees and planning for growth by utilizing the Ag Enterprise Areas Grant program.

The cost to attend the meeting is $50.00. To register for the ACE event, call 800-947-7379 or go to www.pdpw.org.

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