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Farm Technology Days Start Today

Tours of farming operations are one popular aspect of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, which gets underway today in Lake Geneva, WI. (wifarmtechnologydays.com)
Tours of farming operations are one popular aspect of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, which gets underway today in Lake Geneva, WI. (wifarmtechnologydays.com)
July 19, 2016

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. - Tens of thousands of people will make their way to Snudden Farms in Lake Geneva for the annual Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, which starts its three-day run today. The event dates back to the 1950s, featuring exhibits and demonstrations of the latest developments in agricultural technology.

Each year, the event is held at a different farm. Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Ben Brancel, said that's one of the reasons for the huge success of the event.

"The way the Technology Days is structured, and moving it from county to county, allows people to see different parts of agriculture in different parts of the state," he said. "It also allows the local community in their efforts to develop leadership qualities."

Brancel said one of the new features this year will be a booth for Producer-Led Watershed Protection grants, which are intended to help farmers find solutions best suited for their particular operation.

According to Brancel, one of the reasons for Wisconsin's national leadership in agriculture is the variety of producer operations in the state.

"Dairy industry has diversified; we have different kinds of farming operations; there's no one standard way of doing it," he said. "We have the organics, we have grazing, we have the conventional, and we have the high-tech larger operations. Each one brings value to our dairy industry."

Representatives of the many elements of the state ag department will be available at booths and tents. Brancel said it's a chance for his department to connect directly with the public.

"If we don't have somebody there that can answer their specific questions, they will bring that information back to us, we will source it out and we will get that information back out to the people, and we'll do it as timely as possible to help them with whatever issue is bothering them," he added.

The event runs from 9 AM to 4 PM today, tomorrow, and Thursday.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI