Dane County spotlighted during Wisconsin’s 75th Alice in Dairyland selection
Wisconsin’s 75th Alice in Dairyland will be selected in Dane County this year. Selection Committee member Jill Makovec was Wisconsin’s 60th Alice and tells Brownfield so many people think of Dane County for the capitol city and Madison being the hub of politics, the four lakes around Madison, and the conventions, but there’s more. “Two-thirds of the county is agriculture and that encompasses about half a million acres of farmland spread between 25-hundred farms that are mostly family-owned, so we wanted to showcase that.”
Makovec says the Alice in Dairyland finals move to different parts of the state every year to learn about different agricultural products from those areas, so the six finalists announced Friday will be getting a closer look at Dane County agriculture. “We’re a big spirits industry here, so they’re going to visit a cider distillery out in Mount Horeb with a farm-to-table restaurant for lunch. They’re also going to tour the new meat lab on UW Madison’s campus, and then agri-tourism is really big here.”
The Alice in Dairyland finalists will also see new technology on farms including milking robots and learn about the farm-fresh food options at the Madison Farmer’s Market from Chef Tory Miller.
The 75th Alice in Dairyland will be selected on May 21st at Monona Terrace in Madison. Alice in Dairyland is a one-year paid marketing and public relations position for promoting Wisconsin agriculture and agribusiness through the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. The final six candidates for Alice in Dairyland are Amber Cafferty from Fountain City, Amelia Hayden from Sharon, Courtney Moser from Westby, Taylor Schaefer from Franksville, Samantha Schuessler from Antigo, and Charitee Seebecker from Mauston.