In a move to bolster the dairy industry with critical funds, the Wisconsin State Assembly unanimously approved Assembly Bill 314 (AB 314), the legislation set to invest $5 million to increase the state’s agricultural exports, including dairy. The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) recently issued a statement applauding this move and urging the State Senate to approve the bill.
“This targeted investment will provide dairy processors with the support they need to navigate the logistics of export endeavors and grow their global customer base, building a stronger, more stable dairy industry,” said John Umhoefer, WCMA Executive Director. “We thank Representative Kurtz for co-authoring this bill, and we urge the State Senate to take swift action to approve it.”
As noted in a press release, AB 314 supports a new, five-year-long initiative led by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to boost the export of dairy, meat, and other agricultural products by 25 percent. Of the investment made, $2.5 million will go toward increasing the export sales of milk, cheese, yogurt, whey, and other dairy products.
As we reported last week, the Joint Finance Committee passed AB 314 in a unanimous vote following supportive testimony from multiple industry stakeholders, including WCMA members Mike Neu of Chr. Hansen; Kim Heiman of Nasonville Dairy; and Jack Heinemann of Specialty Cheese Company. Following today’s Assembly vote, the bill now awaits action by the state Senate and Governor Evers.
Deli Market News will keep a pulse on the newswire as we await updates on this pivotal investment in the dairy sector, so stay tuned.