MONTFORT — At 8:20 p.m. last Wednesday night, June 26, it became official. About 30 people were present — dairy farmers, a calf raiser, a garlic grower, a UW-Platteville student, just to name a few — as Darin Von Ruden, president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union, announced that the new Iowa-Grant Farmers Union chapter had officially been formed.
A round of applause broke out inside the Montfort Community Building as farmers and farm supporters from southwest Wisconsin celebrated the formation of their own Farmers Union chapter. Von Ruden said he was surprised there wasn’t already a chapter formed in this corner of the state due to the activity of current members who reside there, but was excited for the group as they begin their new functions as a chapter.
Von Ruden, along with Kirsten Slaughter, membership and education organizer for Wisconsin Farmers Union, attended with plenty of information to share with the new members. They also ran the meeting, which also saw the election of four officers to the new chapter’s board.
Assuming the role of president will be Scott Mericka of Grass Dairy, Dodgeville.
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