Cedar Creek Farmers honored during Ag Week
Farming industry contributes $88.3 billion annually to state economy

By Gay Griesbach - Special to Conley Media

March 14, 2019

 Washington 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 Conley Media

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 today.

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.