The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) is one of the Wisconsin dairy industry’s fiercest advocates. With programs consistently rolling out to bolster farmers and their supplies and secure the next generation of leaders, the WCMA always has its finger on the pulse of the industry and is one of the first responders when it comes to advocating for its needs.
Recently, Governor Tony Evers of Wisconsin unveiled a plan to direct $50 million in federal funds to the new Wisconsin Farm Support Program, which, according to a press release, will provide direct aid to farmers and up to $15 million to the new Food Security Initiative. The WCMA applauded this effort as a crucial step in supporting the local agricultural community.
“Aid is urgently needed from farm to table, and we applaud Governor Evers’ plan to stabilize the supply chain with support both for the agricultural community and for those faced with food insecurity,” said WCMA Executive Director John Umhoefer in a statement. “Dairy processors are committed to the essential, critical work of feeding the nation and the world, and we welcome every bit of support in meeting that mission.”
Umhoefer also outlined what the dairy industry is currently facing because of COVID-19-related challenges.
“Wisconsin’s dairy industry saw its markets decimated as coronavirus spread across the country, triggering milk disposal, farm bankruptcies, and even the closure of a processing plant,” continued Umhoefer, emphasizing why efforts like the Wisconsin Administration's are imperative to the industry at this time.
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