Advanced Lake Leaders - South


All Lake Leader graduates are encouraged to participate in this year’s Advanced Leadership Training.  We will use these day-long trainings to continue exploring the topic of Relational Capacity Building. We also want to share our thoughts on the critical role of building relational capacity to ensure the health and sustainability of lakes, rivers, and watersheds.

This southern section will look at producer/farmer-led watershed groups and their efforts to manage land for water quality benefits in addition to agricultural production. Related challenges include fostering collaborative partnerships between lake organizations and nearby producer/farmer-led groups.


Guest Speaker:

Julie Keown-Bomar is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Farmers Union. Julie brings to the role a strong background in organizational development and civic engagement as well as practical experience working with farmers and farm organizations. She has served in UW-Extension roles since 2005, including as a family living educator, Northwest Wisconsin regional director and, most recently, as co-director for Wisconsin’s State 4-H program.

Julie has a BA and MA in international studies from the University of Wyoming and a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Minnesota. Much of her work has been with refugees and immigrants, running international training projects and creating culturally relevant programming.  Farmers Union has advocated for producer-led approaches to water quality improvements in western Wisconsin, partnering with the McKnight Foundation in Minnesota and many local groups to empower farmers and landowners to innovate and share practices that promote healthy soils, water retention, and reductions in polluted runoff while maintaining the financial viability of agriculture. 

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