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MFAI and Wisconsin farmer visit Washington, D.C.

For most of the country, March Madness means hoops, dunks, squeaky sneakers on basketball courts, and office pools around team brackets. But on Capitol Hill, it means citizens flying in to Washington to talk about the following year’s appropriations priorities. Wisconsin is fortunate to now have not just one but two agricultural appropriators among our state’s delegation – Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Mark Pocan.

On Wednesday, March 15, MFAI’s Policy Director Margaret Krome and Iowa County farmer Daniel Marquardt visited the offices of Senator Baldwin and Congressman Pocan to discuss how the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, conservation programs like Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Value Added Producer Grant program, and the Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) program help Daniel and his wife Linda on their farm, as well as other farmers in Iowa County and around the state.

Coming on the heels of a snowstorm that closed schools and congressional offices, Daniel’s flights were canceled, but he persevered, drove to Chicago to catch a later flight, and made it. We’re grateful that he did. His stories of how these programs work on the ground illustrated beautifully why MFAI and our partners around the nation work so hard to protect their program funding.