A coalition of Wisconsin agricultural groups shared priorities they are seeking support for in the 2023-25 biennial state budget on Monday.
“Wisconsin Farm Bureau and our fellow agricultural groups want to see a budget proposal best suited for Wisconsin’s farm families,” said Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Executive Director of Governmental Relations Jason Mugnaini. “Agriculture has a tremendous impact on our state’s economy, contributing $104.8 billion to industrial revenues annually and over 435,000 jobs. It is important that a state budget proposal reflects this impact.”
Among the priorities issued by the coalition are:
- Creating Critical Agricultural Road Improvement Grants to repair vital agricultural use routes on town and county roads and bridges.
- Strengthening farmer-led conservation programs to advance agricultural innovation and support water and soil quality improvement projects and practices in farm fields across Wisconsin.
- Expanding economic development opportunities for rural communities by championing programs that insulate agriculture from market disruptions and help to grow the next generation of Wisconsin farmers.
“The 2021-23 State Budget was arguably one of the best budgets for the inclusion of agricultural provisions, thanks to the support of legislators, members of the Joint Committee on Finance and the Governor,” added Mugnaini. “We appreciate their acknowledgment of the importance agriculture has for the state of Wisconsin and look forward to working with them on our priorities in the next budget.”
Click here to read the full list of priorities and a complete list of ag coalition members.