Promoting Wisconsin’s $59.16 billion agricultural industry is big business, and one of agriculture’s most recognizable spokespersons is Alice in Dairyland, a full-time public relations professional with the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Behind the wheel of a Flex Fuel Tahoe, Cheryl O’Brien has covered the state and beyond this past year, educating the media, youth and audiences of all ages about the many facets of the economic and health impact of our state’s agricultural and dairy industry. Hear her tips for Drinking Healthy, Eating Local, Going Green and Boosting Wisconsin’s Economy.
Honoring Vietnam veterans would not be complete without recognizing the important role of Hmong veterans who fought on the side of the United States in The Secret War in Laos. Wisconsin is now home to the third largest population of Hmong people in the United States. Enlightening us on the Hmong history and culture and how Hmong soldiers were secretly enlisted to help the United States along the critical Ho Chi Minh Trail is Yer Vang.
Learn about the new Wisconsin Elder Economic Security Standard Index, a tool that accurately reflects the real cost of aging in place today. Wisconsin is a pilot state for the application of this Elder Index, where decision-makers now have available to them on a county-by-county basis the current costs of housing, health care, food, transportation and other essentials for persons over 65. This updates the 50-year-old formula that has caculated the federal poverty level and will have great impact on shifting and adjusting programs to match what is needed for elders to achieve economic security. More information is available at www.wiwomensnetwork.org, or call 608-255-9809.