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Speaker Vos Honored by Dairy Business Association
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/14/2016

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has received the Legislative Champion Award from the Wisconsin-based Dairy Business Association. The Rochester Republican was recognized during the group's Dairy Strong Conference in Madison this week for his efforts to keep agriculture issues front and center.

In his acceptance speech, Vos said a top goal this coming year is to gain passage of a high-capacity well bill. He also encouraged farmers to get their local legislators out to their farms to learn more about their businesses firsthand.

"It's important they can come out and see what you're doing," Vos said. "Don't go to their office, get them to come out and see your farm. They can learn more and understand better what's all involved. It can make a big difference."

Governor Scott Walker also addressed the group on Wednesday. He said the dairy community remains a massive economic driver for the state and there is potential for even greater growth.

"There's tremendous growth opportunity in agriculture, and Wisconsin is now among the top 10 ag exporting states," Walker said. "We hope to continue to grow that more, but to do it we need to get more people involved in and working in agriculture."

Meanwhile, delegates also elected three new directors during the DBA's annual business meeting. They include Cody Heller of Heller Farm Inc. and Central Wisconsin Ag Services; Lloyd Holterman, Rosy-Lane Holsteins; and Cindy Leitner, LDS Inc.

The Dairy Strong conference wraps up on Thursday at the Monona Terrace.

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