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UW-Eau Claire Professor to Keynote Discussion
on Immigration at Future of Farming Forum

RELEASED: Oct. 10, 2006

Dr. Paul Kaldjian
Dr. Paul Kaldjian

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Paul Kaldjian, associate professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will be one of the keynote speakers at The Future of Farming and Rural Life in Wisconsin Forum presented in Wausau by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.

The last in a series of six presented across the state, the regional forum in Wausau will explore issues surrounding production agriculture and immigration in rural Wisconsin from

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Center for Health Sciences at Northcentral Technical College.

Kaldjian, who has studied rural immigration in several Wisconsin counties, will keynote the discussion on that topic. Also speaking on immigration will be Cochrane dairy farmer John Rosenow, forum co-chair and a founder of Puentes, a group that seeks to bridge gaps in understanding between producers and immigrant laborers; and Carl Duley, UW-Extension agent in Buffalo County.

"I'm glad to have this opportunity to provide a geographic perspective on migration, migrant labor and their implications for farming and rural life in the state," said Kaldjian. "Migration is much more complex than a simplistic issue of legal versus illegal, full of challenges and opportunities. The migration experience has been repeated over and over and over, and, with thoughtfulness, foresight and informational forums like these, we can learn and benefit from others' experiences in ways that empower the people and places of Wisconsin."

The forum series will culminate with a May 2007 statewide conference and a final report to include recommendations on policies and actions.

For more information, contact project communications specialist Bill Berry at 715-341-9119 or billnick@charter.net, or project director Wilda Nilsestuen at 608-263-1692, ext. 12 or wnilsestuen@wisconsinacademy.org. Information also is available on the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters Web site.

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