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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Arts in western Wisconsin focus of next Spectrum West radio show

RIVER FALLS - The executive directors of the Wisconsin Arts Board and Arts Wisconsin join host Al Ross on Spectrum West, which airs on The Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. 

The program will also include conversations with the author of a new book about Ojibway teens, two University of Wisconsin-Stout professors who have overseen the development of an outdoor museum in Menomonie and the director of the Shell Lake Art Center.
Ross will welcome George Tzougros, executive director of the Wisconsin Arts Board, to the show to talk about the annual Rural Arts Conference. Arts agencies from northwestern Wisconsin will gather June 29 at the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts in Amery for discussions about networking, resourcing and economic impact of the arts.
Anne Katz, executive director of Arts Wisconsin, joins Ross to discuss “21st Century Wisconsin,” a collaboration with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities which reports on the creative growth and success of the arts throughout the state.
Correspondent Jim Oliver welcomes Lorin Robinson, author of “The 13,” an American Indian historical tale which follows Ojibway teens seeking to restore honor to their tribe. Robinson is a former chair of the journalism department at UW-River Falls.
Nels Paulson and Erik Evensen, both associate professors at the UW-Stout, visit Ross to unveil a new movement created by students that combines environmentalism and design which will educate visitors about the water quality of Lake Menomin.
Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts and much more. It is heard weekly on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a live stream at www.wrfw887.com and a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie. Archives are available at http://www.wpr.org/programs/spectrum-west-al-ross.

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind Unveils 2018 Farm Bill Priorities Report

WASHINGTON D.C. -  U.S. Rep Ron Kind of the Third Congressional District in Wisconsin recently unveiled his 2018 Farm Bill Priorities report, which outline his proposed changes to the current Farm Bill, and areas for improvement in the 2018 Farm Bill.
The 2018 Farm Bill was brought to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote on May 17, and failed. Another vote on the Farm Bill is expected by Friday, June 22.
As a lifelong Wisconsinite, I know that one of the most important bills for growing our local economy and supporting small and family farms is the Farm Bill. I also know the crisis that our farmers are facing every day. Farms are closing, families are out of work, and people feel betrayed,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “We need a Farm Bill that levels the playing field, and supports our hardworking farmers and our local economy. It’s time that we work together to fix what isn’t working in our current Farm Bill, and create new programs to usher us into the next generation of farming practices.”
After visiting farms across Wisconsin, meeting with small and family farmers, and talking to agriculture experts, Rep. Kind created a long-form report outlining his priorities for the Farm Bill, which include:
·         Supporting America’s Dairyland
·         Protecting Conservation Programs
·         Crop Insurance Reform
·         Opening New Markets
·         Supporting Organic Farming
·         Encouraging the Next Generation of Farming
Rep. Kind is one of only three Democrats to offer amendments to the 2018 Farm Bill, all of which were blocked by the Committee on Rules or failed on the House Floor. The amendments Rep. Kind led included amendments to create more transparency in the crop insurance program, protect the Conservation Stewardship Program, and avoid sending U.S. taxpayer money to Brazilian cotton farmers.
A digital copy of Rep. Ron Kind’s Farm Bill Priorities book is available here, or by visiting his website: www.kind.house.gov.

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