Optional PRE-CONFERENCE TOUR - Tuesday, October 8
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration fee for the tour is $65 - Includes breakfast, lunch, transportation, entry fees
Explore Wisconsin Dairyland – Preparing and Responding to Disaster
Agriculture and tourism are major economic drivers in Wisconsin. The pre-conference tour will provide participants the opportunity to explore Wisconsin’s Dairyland
Tour route includes:
Stop 1: Foremost Farms, Baraboo WI
Foremost Farms is a farmer-owned milk processing and marketing cooperative with annual sales of $1.7 billion. With nearly 2000 member-owners located in the upper Midwest and approximately 1,100 employees, Foremost Farms focuses on food safety, sustainability, workforce practices and community impacts.
Justin Pope, director of environmental health, safety, and sustainability will share lessons learned from disease outbreak exercises at both the farm and production levels.
Stop 2: Bringing back Lake Delton after 2008 Flooding, Lake Delton WI
On June 8, 2008 floodwaters from days of rainstorms washed out an earthen dam on Lake Delton sending waters and houses into the Wisconsin River. Lake Delton is a 245 –acre manmade lake located south of Wisconsin Dells and popular tourist spot with about 20 resorts surrounding the lake and home to the Tommy Barlett Waterski show.
Immediate action to restore the lake was called for by the Governor and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) took action. Now, five years later, the lake has been restored. WDNR officials will share their experiences in responding to the flooding and the process to bring back Lake Delton.
Meg M Galloway, Chief, Dams and Floodplain Management Section Bureau of Watershed Management, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will share a day she will always remember.
Stop 3: Lunch at Chula Vista Resort
Wisconsin Dells is known as the “Waterpark Capitol of the World.” A buffet lunch at Chula Vista Resort will provide a scenic location and food to meet everyone’s desires.
Stop 4: New Chester Dairy, New Chester, WI
If you thought you could come to Wisconsin and not see a dairy cow – think again. New Chester Dairy began operation in March 2012 operating a rotary parlor for 80 cows and freestall housing. Daily milk production of 40,000 gallons makes lots of good butter. Located in Grand Marsh, WI, the dairy has 45 employees.
Bill Harke, Milk Source, will provide an overview of the operation.