Farm Bureau Endorses Mel Pittman for Senate


PLUM CITY - Mel Pittman has earned the endorsement of Volunteers for Agriculture Committee in his campaign for the 31st Senate District. VFA is the political action arm of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.


If elected, Pittman would be the only farmer in the Wisconsin State Senate.


In response, Pittman issued the following statement:


"It's a great honor to earn the support of the Farm Bureau. As a lifelong farmer and leader in the agriculture community, I understand the concerns farmers face and the role state government can play. As a committed conservationist, I understand how to help farmers prosper while protecting our precious natural resources and ensuring clean water for our families.


"I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work on behalf of the farmers in our district and throughout the state.


"If entrusted with the responsibility of representing the people of the 31st Senate District, I pledge to be the voice of agriculture down in Madison," Pittman said.


Comments by Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Senior Director of Governmental Relations Rob Richard:


“As a farmer and conservationist, Mel Pittman understands the importance of striking a balance between good land stewardship, best management practices and government regulations...


“The local farmers who interviewed Mel are confident in his understanding of the challenges the farming community faces...Mel will work to create prosperity for our family farms and protect our natural resources for generations to come.”


Pittman, a successful dairy farmer and leader in the agriculture community, has a long record of advocating on behalf of farmers:


  • Own and operate a successful 75 cow dairy farm along with 240 acres of cropland for 42 years (Me-PA-Ni-Tro Dairy Farm, Inc.)
  • Recognized as a Wisconsin Master Farmer and Master Agriculturist (2013)
  • Dairy Service Award (2010)
  • Superior Milk Quality Awards (yearly)
  • Dairy Farm Family of the Year Award (1995)
  • Service Award from Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (2014)
  • National Dairy Quality Award (2017)
  • Vice Chairman of WI Farm Technology Days
  • Vice Chairman of Hastings Coop Creamery
  • Farm Bureau member
  • Wisconsin Master Farmers
  • Executive Chairman for Pierce County Farm Technology Days (2010)
  • Pierce County Farm Bureau Board of Directors (10 years) President (3 years)
  • State President of WI Associated County Extension Committees (2012-2014)
  • Hiawatha Valley Toastmasters (2011-2014)
  • Ag Advisory Council for UW-River Falls (1991-1996)
  • Board member and Secretary of Foremost Farms Dairy Cooperative (1994-2006)




Read the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation's endorsement here.



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