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    A couple of the many Cates Farm deer hunters, John and John Jr. Meyerhofer, Burlington, WI, in the early 1990s and some twenty years later...
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    Some of the Cates Farm turkey hunters, Marcus Meyerhofer, AJ Beaudoin, and Tim McMahon, Wind Lake, WI, May 2014; they all got their turkey!
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    WI School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers class winter farm field trip
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Dick Cates Endorsed by Culver’s CEO, Craig Culver

June 25, 2014

Ride to Farm Culvers

51st District Assembly candidate Dick Cates announced that he has received the endorsement of Craig Culver, who praised his character and leadership qualities:

“I first met Dick a number of years ago when he was putting together his annual biking tour ‘Ride to Farm,’ to raise money for educating young farmers. Culver’s also had the pleasure of filming one of our commercials promoting the ButterBurger on Dick and Kim’s farm near Spring Green. I admire Dick Cates. He is truly a gentleman of character who I believe has the charisma, direction, and talent to lead Wisconsin politics to a better place…a place where compromise and listening becomes again the way to get things done.”

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Who I am and why I’m running I’m Dick Cates, and my family and I live in the Wyoming Township, Iowa County, Wisconsin. I’m a farmer, small business owner, agricultural science and business instructor….and citizen. The best thing in my life happened in 1974 when I met my best-friend-to-be, Kim Johnson. We married a couple of years later and were blessed with three children, Shannon 31, Eric 28, and Peter (who we lost in 1994, at 71/2 years old, to childhood leukemia).

I want to run for the Wisconsin legislature because I cherish our representative, democratic tradition. It’s a dignified form of government, if done right, because at the heart of it we the people set our own sail. Our country is the longest standing republic on earth, and the freedoms and progress we’ve made as a civilization have been hard won. But it feels at times to me that we’ve lost our way. The strong partisan and often angry dialogue that dominates our hallowed halls in Madison and Washington doesn’t serve us well.

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Leopold Conservation Award

Cates Family Farm was honored with the 2013 (Aldo) Leopold Conservation Award by the Sand County Foundation and the WI Farm Bureau Federation. The Cates are proud to have been nominated by the Iowa County Land Conservation Committee.

“When Dick Cates’ father purchased the family’s Iowa County farm in the 1960’s, it consisted of a few small tilled fields and largely unmanaged pastures. Today, it is a model of how to farm in a manner that is good for the business and good for the land.”

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