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update: THE RIDE TO FARM BIKE RIDE

A bicycle ride to raise awareness about the crucial need to help
Wisconsin”s next generation of dairy farmers get started will take
place Friday, June 25 to Monday, June 28. The Ride to Farm will
begin at Eau Claire and finish at the opening of the annual Wisconsin
Association of Agricultural Educators Conference, Marriot Madison
West Hotel, Middleton.

The Ride will raise funds to support the Wisconsin School for
Beginning Dairy Farmers (a program of the UW-Madison Center for
Integrated Agricultural Systems and the Farm and Industry Short
Course), whose mission is to help new farmers get started.

Wisconsin high school agriculture/FFA instructors Brad Sirianni of
Independence High School and Merle Richter of Bloomer High School
originated the idea for the Ride. The School”s director, Richard
Cates, will ride along with Sirianni and Richter.

“I am extremely fortunate to be able to take part in such an
important effort to help raise awareness of the issues that the
school is set up to tackle, and to show support for our bright and
motivated next generation of farmers,” Cates says. The School is now
in its tenth year of helping aspiring farmers to get started.

“The Ride adds momentum and additional meaning to the Wisconsin Milk
Marketing Board”s second-year endorsement of America”s Dairyland
women”s cycling team, which promotes Wisconsin”s dairy industry, by
focusing on the industry need to help beginning farmers to succeed,”
Cates points out.

Riders will stop at several start-up farms along the 225-mile route
through the Wisconsin countryside between Eau Claire and Madison.
Although the number of riders will be limited to about 12, everyone
is encouraged to attend one or more of the route stops along the way.
Local radio stations and newspapers will announce these locations
prior to the event.

Sponsors of the event include Kwik Trip, and Powertex Sportswear,
Inc. Culvers has supported the School over the years with student
scholarships To contribute to the ”Ride”, or to obtain a brochure
and find out how to collect pledges, please contact:

The UW Foundation-Friends of the WSBDF Fund, Attn: Jodi Wickham,
(608) 263-2027; jodi.wickham@uwfoundation.wisc.edu or Carol Chapa,
(608) 265-4049; carol.chapa@uwfoundation.wisc.edu

Or mail to:
The UW Foundation
Attn: Jodi Wickham; Friends of the WSBDF Fund
1848 Univ. Ave., PO Box 8860
Madison, WI 53708-8860