Ag Day at the capitol is set to take place Wednesday at the Monona Terrace in Madison.
It's the largest gathering of farmers from across the state representing a variety of farm groups. They'll be in Wisconsin's capitol city to learn more about state issues and to meet their legislators.
"It's obviously become the premier event for bringing farmers to the capitol and bringing farmers into the capitol to express their concerns and desires as to agricultural situations as they develop."
Bill Bruins, President of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation , says the governor is invited to the event, as are key members of our legislature. Farmers will be able to talk to their state representatives about issues important to them.
"And this year I think it's going to become a defensive game. With money tight, with concerns about the budget that took so long to get signed in the first place, it looks like that's gonna be 3- or 400-million dollars short."
The governor says he won't raise taxes to cover the projected budget shortfall, and Bruins applauds that. However, Bruins says it will be tough deciding what to cut and what to hang onto. Ag Day at the Capitol will likely include discussions on protection of the Right to Farm law, health care, renewable energy and nutrient management. More than 700 farmers attended last year's Ag Day.