Encourage dairy farmers to participate in the state budget process


Stevens Point, Wisconsin – Over the next several weeks, members of the Wisconsin State Legislature will work on developing the next biennial budget. During that time, they will receive requests from various interests across the state looking to spend the surplus and the current $7 billion in revenue that will be generated over the next two years.

Jennifer Wakeman urges everyone in productive agriculture, especially dairy producers, to participate in this important legislative process by personally contacting their Assembly representatives and senators, and by attending public hearings on the budget.

“If you’re not at the table in the process, you could end up on the list,” she warned.

Wickman is the Wisconsin Director of Governmental Affairs for the Cooperative Network, an organization that advocates for 18 agricultural, electric power, health care, and insurance cooperatives and their members in the Wisconsin and Minnesota state capitols.

Jennifer Wakeman

The goal of the collaborative network is to ensure adequate and increased funding for producer-led watershed grants, cover crop insurance, nitrogen improvement grant program, dairy processor grants, agricultural imports, farmland preservation, and the Wisconsin Food Commodity Bank.

Education of the legislator

Wichman stressed the need to help state legislators recognize the important role agriculture plays in the state’s overall economy. “Agriculture generates $104 billion for Wisconsin’s economy, creating 435,000 jobs. Dairy products have an economic impact of $45 billion, twice the impact of tourism.