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Lt. Gov. Barnes touts farm-to-table at Gundersen

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Everybody eats–a good reason for Wisconsin to produce more food that’s healthy, and for the state to help farmers provide that food, according to the state’s lieutenant governor. 

Mandela Barnes visited Gundersen Health System in La Crosse on Thursday, to meet with hospital officials about healthy eating choices. 

That includes Wisconsin’s dairy industry, but Barnes says that’s only one piece of the puzzle.

“This sort of program is gonna benefit all the produce, all the growers in the state will have an opportunity to see more prosperity as a result,” said Barnes.

He says that a special session on farm issues called for next week in Madison demonstrates the urgency for helping Wisconsin’s ag industry.

La Crosse State Senator Jennifer Shilling, joining Barnes at Gundersen, said farm to school programs such as one in the Holmen School District help kids become more interested in what they eat.    

Barnes also visited Coon Valley and Viroqua during a swing around the state on Thursday.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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