Hello WICFA Friends and
We have some good news and some news that is not so good.
First of all, we have rebuilt the WICFA website. It will be much
easier to view the site in its entirety using just about any screen resolution.
If you have any content that would be helpful for others to be able to
view, please forward it to email@example.com and we would be glad to review it
and possibly post it to our website.
We are looking for some help in
putting information together about the raw milk persecutions that are starting
to spread around the state. Can you imagine that, we love to call ourselves the
dairy state and our state is now attacking farmers for doing just that,
Secondly, we have opened a special account, the WICFA Legal
Fund, to accept donations for the purpose of helping out farmers and ranchers
with the associated cost of defending themselves from Wisconsin's Department of
Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
The account is going to be
used as a war chest so if you make a general donation it could actually be split
up amongst several different farmers/ranchers who are in need. For instance, if
you want to help Patrick and Melissa Monchilovich with the cost of their appeal
and your donations end up being more than they need, the extra amount from the
donations will sit in the WICFA Legal Fund until another farmer/rancher needs
assistance. WICFA is not a non-profit organization since we would not be
allowed to lobby if we were set up as such so your donations are not
There have been several people who have inquired about
how they can donate money to help out Patrick and Melissa Monchilovich so we set
up this account. As of right now, the only way that you can make donations is
to mail a check or money order to WICFA Legal Fund, P.O. Box 225, Bruce, WI
54819. We are looking into setting up a method for online donations.
Now for the not so good news.
There are more farmers and
ranchers who are slated to be taken to court over non-compliance with premises
registration. According to this article in the Agri-view, http://www.agriview.com/articles/2009/10/29/livestock_news/livestock01.txt
, "currently, DATCP has referred documentation for four more possible cases in
Richland, Price and two in Pierce Counties. Gilson says there are another seven
that will likely be referred in the near future."
Ladies and gentlemen,
here it comes. They have been waiting to see how the first case would go and
are pretty sure of themselves now that they have the results of Patrick and
Melissa's trial in.
We will know more about the Emanuel Miller, Jr.
Outcome by January I believe. The judge in that trial, Judge Counsel, set up a
time frame of 30 days plus 30 days and then another 15 days for written
arguments and rebuttals to be triggered by the completion of the trial
transcript which happened sometime last week.
At this point, there are 3
"other" Wisconsin cases mentioned by Gilson are unknown to us, so if you know
who they are, please let them know that we are here to help. Membership is
not a requirement for help through the WICFA Legal Fund.
for being on our mailing list and remember to help others find us on the web.
The more our membership grows, the more influence we can have down in Madison.
We have had some new members trickling in, thank you Jim Scholz of Rhinelander
for joining WICFA.
Don't forget that WICFA has an online WICFA Farmers
Market. If you have anything for sale from your home, farm, or ranch, we can
help you get rid of it if you have an active WICFA membership. Folks, have a
great week and enjoy the upcoming warm
Clifford J. Cordell II
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