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A Note from Rep. Edming

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Pictured l to r: Paul Hetke, Rep. Edming, and Terry DuSell

Thank you for taking the time to read my first e-update of the new year. I hope you all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to continuing to work on your behalf in the State Assembly.

It is a busy time of the year at the State Capitol as the legislature approaches the end of the legislative session.  My time in Madison this week was full of committee hearings and my colleagues and I will remain busy over the next few months as we work to wrap up our legislative business before the legislature adjourns for the session.

With that said, if you have any thoughts or concerns you'd like to share with me, as always, please don't hesitate to contact me. I appreciate hearing your thoughts.

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Continuing to Advocate for Our Farmers

In a previous e-update, I discussed a bill I am working on to help our hardworking farmers in northern Wisconsin who are struggling with wildlife crop damage. A few years ago, I began hearing concerns from farmers in our area of the state about the large negative impact that wild animal crop damage was having on their farms. The two programs that provide assistance to farmers who suffer crop damage or loss caused by wild animals, the wildlife damage abatement program and the wildlife damage claim program, were not fully meeting the needs of many farmers in our part of the state. Senate Bill 628 addresses these shortcomings by reforming these programs to better meet the needs of our farmers. On Wednesday, I was proud to testify in support of this legislation in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy with Senator Petrowski and Senator Bewley, who authored this bill with me.  

I am grateful to Rusk County residents Terry DuSell and Paul Hetke for making the long trip down to Madison to share their stories and advocate for this important proposal. The hearing went well and I hope to see this bill move forward soon.  If you would like to read my testimony you can click here.  You can also click on the first picture below to watch our testimony on Wisconsin Eye which begins at 1:37:30.

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Click the photo above to watch the public hearing.

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Terry DuSell and Paul Hetke testifying on SB 628

Congratulations to Judith Srp

Earlier this week Governor Evers announced his appointment of Judith Srp to serve as the new Rusk County Register of Deeds. I wish her the best as she begins her service to the people of Rusk County in this new role.  Congratulations Judith!

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Applications Open for 73rd Alice in Dairyland

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is now accepting applications for the 73rd Alice in Dairyland. Alice in Dairyland is the state's highly competitive, year-long, salaried position for female communications professionals who are at least 21 years old. The position is important to Wisconsin's marketing and promotion of the state's agriculture industry, totaling $104.8 billion.

Applicants should have:

  • Considerable knowledge or work experience with Wisconsin agriculture
  • At least three years of experience, education, or training in communications, marketing, or public relations
  • Public speaking experience, and
  • A willingness to attend an extensive number of work-related events on evenings and weekends.

If you or someone you know meets these criteria, feel free to submit an application. Application materials can be found here. Final submissions are due by Monday, February 3, 2020.

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Upcoming Events Around the 87th

Check out the following events happening around the district:

Do you know of any events in the district that I missed? Contact my office and let me know, so I can include it in a future e-update and try to attend myself.

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