County Board Chairman Don Kriefall reads a proclamation
while surrounded by members of the Cedar Creek Farmers
watershed group — Ross Bishop, County Board Supervisor
Marcy Bishop, Al Schmidt, Stanley Miller, Elizabeth and
Brian Peters and their daughters Vivian and Morgan.
Gay Griesbach/Special to
Land Conservation staff and members of the Cedar Creek
Farmers gathered Tuesday at Brian and Elizabeth Peters’
Maple Woods Dairy Farm, 3121 Pleasant Valley Road, Town
of Polk, as Washington County Board Chairman Don
Kriefall honored the producer-led watershed group and
proclaimed March 10 to March 16 Ag Week in the county.
The proclamation stated that with one in nine Wisconsin
jobs in agriculture, the industry is one of the state’s
leading economic drivers, contributing $88.3 billion to
the annual economy.
In Washington County alone Kriefall said agriculture is
a $4 billion enterprise.
“Farming is integral to our community,” Kriefall said.
And while the population is increasing, CCF member Ross
Bishop said that 55 percent of the county is farmland.
The proclamation noted that more than 68,500 farm
families utilize new technologies and practices to
increase efficiency in order to feed more people and
meet the demands of an environmentally-conscious world.
Since 2017, the CCF has assisted farmer-led preservation
within the local watershed, encouraging others to
voluntarily adopt conservation, soil health and sound
water quality improvement practices.
In the past year the CCF has hosted three field days and
assisted over two-dozen farmers to adopt no-till and
cover crop practices, collectively saving over 40 tons
of soil from erosion.
“National Ag Week” is recognized annually to celebrate
the abundance provided by agriculture and the hard work
and ingenuity on the part of local farmers.
The celebration highlight is National Ag Day, which is
Started by the Agriculture Council of America in 1973,
National Ag Day encourages every American to understand
how food and fiber products are produced; appreciate the
role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and
affordable products; value the essential role of
agriculture in maintaining a strong economy and
acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the
agriculture, food and fiber industry.