GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Dairy Business Association (DBA), Wisconsin’s leading dairy advocacy group, applauded the signing into law two bills that will help preserve Wisconsin’s farming legacy.
Last week, Gov. Tony Evers signed into law a bill that makes it simpler for farm families to transfer costly farm equipment outside the probate process. Rep. John Macco, R-Ledgeview, drafted the bill with Sen. Joan Ballweg, R-Markesan.
This week, Gov. Evers signed into law a bill that provides additional funding to boost Wisconsin’s dairy exports. The bill was co-authored by Sen. Joan Ballweg, R-Markesan, and Rep. Tony Kurtz, R-Wonewoc. Both bills enjoyed strong bi-partisan support.
“These efforts by our lawmakers are important steps to preserving Wisconsin’s place as America’s Dairyland,” DBA President Amy Penterman said. “The lawmakers leading these efforts understand the significance dairy plays for our state’s farmers, food processors and rural communities.”
The probate issue was initially brought forward by a DBA member, marking the second consecutive session where DBA has shepherded an idea brought forward from membership into law.
“The farm estate transfer bill serves as a shining example of how our farmers can drive legislative solutions in Madison,” Penterman said. “I challenge our members to get engaged with DBA and continue leading common-sense change.”
The Dairy Business Association is Wisconsin’s leading dairy advocacy group, championing smart and sensible regulations affecting the dairy community. The nonprofit organization is comprised of farmers, milk processors, vendors and other business partners who work collaboratively to ensure that dairy farms of all sizes have the support they need to keep America’s Dairyland strong. More information: www.dairyforward.com.
— Dairy Business Association