Ag Commissioner

Feb. 27, 1998

Minnesota Ag Commissioner to Speak at UW-RF

Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson will address area agriculturalists on Friday, March 13, at 11:30 a.m. during the Western Wisconsin Farm Show held at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

The show will be held March 13-14 at the Knowles Recreation Center. Show hours are 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel also has been invited to join Hugoson to address agriculture issues.

Brancel and Hugoson recently testified in Washington, D.C., on the inequities of milk pricing levels. Hugoson also completed a New Zealand trade mission excursion in January and found that an aggressive marketing program is what makes New Zealand's dairy program succeed. Both are extremely knowledgeable about current issues in agriculture.

The farm show, held on campus for the first time, is expected to attract farmers from western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Farm equipment and agricultural product companies from at least five states will display the latest in new products and services.

The farm show will be highlighted by guest appearances of Midwest agricultural officials. Seminars and entertainment are planned for both days. One of the featured attractions will be a thrilling "Birds of Prey" presentation by wildlife biologist Ryan Walden. He will conduct five shows daily using live eagles, owls, hawks and falcons.

The preservation of historic buildings will be featured on canvas by artist LeRoy Schwan of New Richmond, Wis. He will display ink drawings of historic sites and also demonstrate his artistic skills for observers.

Other activities include farm health clinics by the Pierce County Public Health Department and FFA/4H displays by area high school students.

All activities are open to the public and free of charge. The Western Wisconsin Farm Show is being coordinated by North County Enterprises of Wisconsin.

For more information, call 715/723-5061.

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