Matt Rehberg, a first-generation grain farmer near Clinton and president of the Ag Business Council of Rock County shares what the local ag organization is working on this year, and how it continued to advocate for agriculture during the pandemic.
The council’s main focus is its Agriculture Ambassador program. The county’s ag ambassador goes to classrooms to teach kids about the Rock County and Wisconsin agriculture industry. It also has a scholarship program. County ag groups award scholarships to high school and college students annually. The council encourages students to apply for scholarships, which can total up to $1,500.
The COVID-19 pandemic did impact the council’s events. While some programs had to be put on hold, it did not stop the council from sending about $1,000 to seven different food pantries in the area.
Looking ahead, the council is seeking a new ag ambassador. Rehberg says the council wants to have more events post-pandemic.