Agricultural Community Engagement Twilight Meetings

Aug. 28 @ 6:00 p.m., Aug. 29 @ 6:00 p.m., Aug. 30 @ 6:00 p.m., Aug. 31 @ 6:00 p.m.

West Bend, WI, Evansville, WI, Star Prairie, WI, Vesper, WI

To create a forum for open dialogue and offer a firsthand look at the innovations used in dairy production, the Agricultural Community Engagement Twilight Meetings will be hosted by dairy farms in Washington, Rock, Polk and Wood counties.
    A partnership between Professional Dairy Producers, Wisconsin Counties Association, the Wisconsin Towns Association and Pheasants Forever, ACE Twilight Meetings offer opportunities for community leaders, elected officials, educators, conservation specialists, dairy farmers and area community members to connect, network and learn together.
    “If you’re looking to get involved in your community and learn about the common priorities and challenges facing all of us, attending an ACE Twilight Meeting is the perfect way to get started,” said John Haag, dairy producer and PDPW board president. “Candid conversations with dairy farmers, elected officials, conservation and community leaders open the doors to solving some of the issues we face in Wisconsin.”
    Each meeting will begin with a tour of the host dairy farm at 6 p.m., providing attendees a firsthand look at how animals are cared for, housed and fed as well as a look at the milking facilities, barns and technologies dairy producers use each day. Ice cream will be served at 7 p.m. with open dialogue about such community issues as water, conservation, roadways and transportation, educational opportunities and more. Meetings will conclude at 8:30 p.m.
    The 2023 ACE Twilight Meeting host farms are:
    – Aug. 28: Roden Echo Valley LLC, 5545 County Road Y, West Bend, Wisconsin. Hosted by Bob and Cindy Roden and family.
    – Aug. 29: Larson Acres, 18218 W. State Road 59, Evansville, Wisconsin. Hosted by the Larson family.
    – Aug. 30: Horse Creek Holsteins LLC, 2080 20th Ave., Star Prairie, Wisconsin. Hosted by Ted and Gretchen Johnson and Hans and Catherine Johnson.
    – Aug. 31: Marti Farms, 6603 Grant Road, Vesper, Wisconsin. Hosted by Travis and Melissa Marti.