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Make plans to attend ACE Twilight Meetings

July 14, 2022
Contact: Shelly Mayer

Pictures of host farmers (names at bottom of press release)
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Four Wisconsin Dairy Farms Open Doors to Neighbors, Community Members for ACE Twilight Meetings
August 29, 30, 31, Sept 1 events to feature tours, impactful conversations and ice cream
DAIRY NEWS – Communities that share ideas and work together reap benefits that impact localities far beyond their own borders. Four upcoming evenings of farm tours, ice cream and conversation are designed to do just that. Developed to bring together community members, leaders and elected officials, the 2022 Agricultural Community Engagement (ACE®) Twilight Meetings will be hosted by dairy farms in Vernon, Buffalo, Clark and Dodge Counties August 29, 30, 31 and Sept. 1, respectively.
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Towns Association, Wisconsin Counties Association, Pheasants Forever and Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the free, open-to-the-public meetings are an opportunity for community leaders, elected officials, educators, conservation specialists, dairy farmers and area community members to connect, network and learn together. This year marks the first time Pheasants Forever has joined the ACE partnership; their commitment to conserving ecological habitats makes for a natural fit in an alliance devoted to preserving Wisconsin’s shared resources.
“These meetings are so important!” said dairy producer Brian Forrest of Maple Ridge Dairy Business LLC near Stratford, Wis. “It’s eye-opening to see how everybody’s role affects someone else’s, from improving the quality of our water to the condition of our roads and schools. The meetings also make it easy to approach our local elected officials – they attend to share updates as well as to learn from us and carry our suggestions forward.”
Each meeting will kick off at 6:00 p.m. with a tour of the host dairy farm, providing attendees a firsthand look at how animals are cared for, housed and fed, as well as the milking facilities, barns and technologies dairy producers use each day. Ice cream will be served at 7:00 p.m. with conversations about community issues including water, conservation, transportation and more, lasting until 8:30 p.m.
The 2022 ACE Twilight Meeting Hosts:
  • Mon., Aug. 29, at Wall-Stone Holsteins LLC, S7414 Fortner Rd., DeSoto, Wis. Hosted by Dr. Anne Marie Elwing, DVM, and Kevin, William and Emil Walleser.
  • Tues., Aug. 30, at Bragger Family Dairy, W89 Pape Valley Rd., Independence, Wis. Hosted by Joe and Dan Bragger.
  • Wed., Aug. 31, at JTP Farms, W1202 County Rd. A, Dorchester, Wis. Hosted by Jake and Tolea Peissig.
  • Thur., Sept. 1, at McFarlandale Dairy LLC, N302 County Rd. K, Watertown, Wis. Hosted by Peter and Cindy McFarland and Christine and Robb Bender.
Bring your questions and plan to be part of the discussions. To learn more and to register for the free event, visit or contact PDPW at 800-947-7379. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the event by following @dairyPDPW on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Professional Dairy Producers (PDPW) is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.
Host producer pics:
Wall-Stone: [l-r] Emil Walleser, Dr. Anne Marie Elwing, DVM, Kevin Walleser, William Walleser
Joe & Dan Bragger: [l-r] Joe, Dan
Jake, Tolea, Everly and Abner Peissig [l-r] Tolea holding Abner, Everly, Jake
McFarlandale [l-r] Peter and Cindy McFarland, Annabelle, Christine and Robb Bender