A coalition of forward-thinking farmers, economists, environmentalists, health professionals, sportsmen, rural citizens and others concerned with the quality and safety of food, water and air, will come together at the first annual Wisconsin Forum on Rural and Urban Agriculture to be held in Madison on November 11 and 12. The goal of the forum is to unite participants around shared goals through information, participation and action.

* What are the realities of Wisconsin farming today?
* How did we get to this point where policy supports an unsustainable model of agriculture?
* What are the public health implications of our agriculture and food systems in both urban and rural areas?
* What’s the link between farm quality and food quality?
* What can you do about the factory farm near you?
* How do we make our voices heard?

These questions and more will be discussed by an outstanding line up of experts.

For generations, farming has been a central force in the economy of Wisconsin. Today organic and sustainably produced meat, milk and crops are the fastest growing sector of our food economy. Wisconsin is a national leader in the production of high-quality, value added agriculture that strengthens communities and protects our air, land and water through sustainable practices. Yet current policy unfairly favors industrial-sized operations and brings environmental and economic hardships to rural communities.

For more information, contact [email protected] about the Wisconsin Forum on Rural and Urban Agriculture.  Full Event details can be found at Sustain Rural Wisconsin.

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