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Ag tourism bouncing back with website of activities

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 7:10 AM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Agricultural tourism is yet another area that is opening as improvements are seen in the coronavirus pandemic. Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association members are inviting people to on-site events farms to experience agricultural recreation, entertainment. The association has updated its Web site with agricultural attractions across Wisconsin; that Web site is wiagtourism.com.

Next month’s Wisconsin FFA Convention in Madison can be at full capacity, as Dane County will lift gathering limits prior to the July 5-8 convention at the Alliance Energy Center. Wisconsin FFA director Cheryl Zimmerman is saying schools will be allowed to take to the convention as many members as they desire. Last year’s convention was held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jerry Lang of Marshfield was honored Friday with the Marshfield Dairyfest Friend of Agriculture Award. The award was presented posthumously to Lang during the Dairyfest’s annual dairy breakfast at the Central Wisconsin State Fairground in Marshfield. Lang’s family members accepted the award. The honor is made by the Central Wisconsin Agri-Business Committee, which is part of the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Lang, who died April 5 while tending a grass fire, was a long-time participant and supporter of Wood County 4-H, the Central Wisconsin State Fair and the Wisconsin State Fair.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced an investment of up to $1 billion, including $500 million in American Rescue Plan funding, in The Emergency Food Assistance Program to support and expand the emergency food network to help states, food banks and local organizations serve their communities. Under the plan, the USDA will enter into cooperative agreements with state, tribal and local entities to more purchase food from local producers and invest in infrastructure designed to help partnering organizations more effectively reach underserved communities.

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