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Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Applauds Unanimous Action on Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports; John Umhoefer Details

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Applauds Unanimous Action on Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports; John Umhoefer Details


MADISON, WI
Friday, February 11th, 2022

Recently, three Wisconsin legislative committees, including the Joint Finance Committee, made the decision to fully fund the Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports (WIAE), an initiative created to boost exports of dairy, meat, and other agricultural products by 25 percent. As half of the total funds will be used to specifically bolster export sales of milk, cheese, yogurt, whey, and other dairy products, the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) recently released a statement applauding this unanimous action.

John Umhoefer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association“Demand for Wisconsin’s high-quality dairy products continues to increase around the world. Our state’s dairy processors are ready to meet that demand, and with this week’s action, they’re one step closer to reaching new consumers and further growing Wisconsin’s world-class dairy industry,” said WCMA Executive Director John Umhoefer. “We thank lawmakers for their decisive, strong support of this program.”

The Joint Finance Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Howard Marklein and Rep. Mark Born released initial funding for the initiative. According to a press release, Assembly Bill 882 (AB 882), authored by Rep. Tony Kurtz and passed this week by the Assembly Committee on Agriculture, applies unused federal loan funds at DATCP to provide maximum funding for the first two years of the WIAE.

Recently, three Wisconsin legislative committees, including the Joint Finance Committee, made the decision to fully fund the Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports (WIAE)

In addition, Senate Bill 827 (SB 827), the companion bill to AB 882 authored by Sen. Joan Ballweg, also received unanimous approval by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Tourism this week. Governor Tony Evers first proposed investments in agricultural exports in the 2019–21 biennial budget and has since championed the cause.

Following the decision, AB 882 and SB 827 now move to the full Assembly and Senate for consideration.

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