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April 7 Issues Forum To Examine The Future Of Animal Agriculture In Wisconsin

The second College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Issues Forum, April 7 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, will look at the future of animal agriculture, nationally and in Wisconsin.

The morning program will offer national perspectives, with Chuck Hassebrook, program director of Nebraska”s Center for Rural Affairs; and Chris Hurt, livestock marketing economist at Purdue University.

The afternoon program will focus on Wisconsin”s dairy industry. Giving processor perspectives will be Paul Scharfman, president of Specialty Cheese Company; Larry Lemenes, president and general manager of Alto Dairy Coop; and Deborah Van Dyk, director of legal affairs for Schreiber Foods. Producer perspectives will be provided by Lloyd W. Holterman of Rosy-Lane Registered Holsteins, Robert Eder of Pine Dell Dairy, and Alan Kraus of R&D Enterprises.

The forum will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude with an informal discussion at 4:45 p.m. The registration fee is $10. To register, call CALS Outreach Services, (608) 263-1672. On-site registration will be available, but lunch can”t be guaranteed.

CALS Issue Forums examine significant and controversial questions that confront Wisconsin in the areas of agriculture, natural resources and environment, and biological and biomedical sciences. The College plans to conduct two such forums each year. The forums will not advocate for particular viewpoints, but will explore important facets of selected topics, and encourage discussions of issues and options for dealing with them.