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Dairy Processor Grants Proposed in Governor's Budget
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/21/2013

The state would invest in growing Wisconsin's dairy industry through the creation of a dairy processor grant program if Governor Scott Walker's proposed budget becomes a reality. On Wednesday, the governor unveiled his biennial budget draft to the state Legislature, which included $200,000 annually to provide technical assistance for business planning and product development, which would include the grant program for dairy processors.

A summary of the budget also noted that the governor would like to maintain funding for premises registration and allow the state's agriculture department to respond effectively to any potential animal health incidents.

And the proposed spending plan would allow for the expansion of the elk herd to additional counties, while maintaining requirements for disease testing and prevention to protect the health of the elk and deer herds.

Water quality provisions were also highlighted in the report. Gov. Walker would like to provide an additional $24 million over the biennium to reduce nonpoint source water pollution through increased nutrient management planning, contaminated sediment removal and other pollution abatement practices.

And providing continuing support to nonpoint source abatement projects through increased revenues dedicated to the nonpoint account of the Environmental Fund. Revenues would be reallocated from the environmental management account, resulting in no overall fee increase.

State lawmakers will be reviewing the complete budget draft in the days to come.

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