Paul Zimmerman is the WFBF’s Executive Director of Governmental Relations. Paul has worked on agricultural policy on the state and federal level for the past 21 years.
Animal rights groups seek to dictate livestock care with ballot initiatives and state legislation. They also pressure manufacturers and retailers to only purchase agricultural products, especially livestock, that are raised a certain way. As a result, processors are requiring livestock farmers to change the way animals are raised. For example, the National Milk Producers Federation […]
‘Good fences make good neighbors,’ is an old adage in rural areas. Wisconsin has had the same fence law for more than 100 years. It specifies when and what types of fences are required for adjoining property owners. The law states that if property is used for farming or grazing, a fence is required; however, […]
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) regulates the use of herbicides and pesticides in Wisconsin. In administrative rule ATCP 30 are provisions and prohibitions on the use of atrazine products. It regulates the amount of atrazine that can be used per acre, the timing of application and requires this information be […]
Wetlands provide numerous environmental benefits, including recharge area for groundwater, improving surface water quality and wildlife habitat. Wisconsin once had about 10 million acres of wetlands. About five million acres were converted to other uses and agriculture was responsible for converting about four million of these acres into crop production. Many of the remaining five […]