Wisconsin’s current legislative session has been active, specifically in implementing new programs and focusing their efforts towards agriculture.
Senator Joan Ballweg, the Committee Chair for Agriculture and Tourism, says this legislative session will end around March 10th, and if anything has been proposed as a piece of legislation and has not been approved, it will be passed off until 2023.
For now, she says the state is focussing on supporting our exports after a record year with a new program that has support from the legislature.
UW Extension is also revising their structure to incorporate more Agricultural Specialists, and there has been an increase in interest towards producer-led watershed grants.
She says with all new programs, accountability is a key component – an advisory committee has been put in place to work with the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection to ensure that funding is allocated correctly and standards are being met.