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Agriculture & Rural Resilience Summit

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October 21, 2023 - 7:45am to 3:30pm
W.R. Davies Student Center • • Eau Claire
Driving Collaboration and Inclusion for a Sustainable Future
Saturday, October 21, 2023 - 7:45am to 3:30pm


W.R. Davies Student Center
77 Roosevelt Ave.
54701 Eau Claire , WI

At the Agriculture & Rural Resilience Summit on October 21, 2023 stakeholders including, farmers and organizations dedicated to shaping a climate-smart future joined for a day of learning and action. Hosted by The Wisconsin Academy in partnership with the Wisconsin Farmers Union, this event featured an inspiring lineup of speakers, with Tara Daun, Farmer-Led Watershed Council Coordinator, as our keynote.

Attendees collaborated in small-group discussions and interactive sessions to develop innovative ideas, hear from leaders across the state, and had time to build connections with other attendees. 

The Agriculture & Rural Resilience Summit is the second summit in the series of action steps outlined in the Climate Fast Forward Action Plan

Summit Agenda

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Thank you to our Sponsors!

Champion Sponsor
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Leader Sponsors

Wisconsin Green Fire logo   Wisconsin Farmers Union Logo  Savanna Institute Logo


Advocate Sponsors
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Lizzie is the Director of Science and Climate Programs at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters. Lizzie grew up in the Chicago suburbs and received her degree in biology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then completed her master’s degree at University of Minnesota.

Tara Daun is the Wisconsin Farmers Union Watershed Coordinator and works with four farmer-led watershed councils in Dunn, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties. Tara works primarily with large-scale grain and livestock farmers who are trying to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of their farms.

Sherrie Gruder, LEED AP, is a Distinguished Sustainable Design Specialist and Energy Strategist with UW-Madison Division of Extension.

Jessica James is the Climate & Energy Program Manager for the Wisconsin Academy. She joined the Academy in the fall of 2020 after graduating from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a BS in Environmental Sciences.

Caleb Langworthy is a Technical Service Provider for the Savanna Institute and primarily works with farmers and landowners in Western Wisconsin and Minnesota. He offers the one-to-one support of planning, designing, and funding agroforestry systems by planting trees and shrubs in pastures, fields, and waterways.  

Cory serves as the Executive Director for SolarShare WI Cooperative, where he manages the day to day operations of the cooperative and is the point of contact for members, the board and the general public.

Hinu Smith is the Executive Director for the newly operational Department of Agriculture for the Ho-Chunk Nation.  She also serves as the Ho-Chunk Nation delegate for the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Food Coalition and for the Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council.

Steve Vavrus is a Senior Scientist in the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research at UW-Madison and is the Wisconsin State Climatologist. He is an expert on Wisconsin climatology, extreme weather, global climate change, and Arctic climate.

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