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Ag Groups Want Senate to Act on High Capacity Well Issue
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/11/2016

A coalition of Wisconsin farmers, food processors and businesses from across the state is calling on the State Senate to pass high capacity well legislation before leaving Madison for the year.

The Assembly approved AB 874 last month and continues to awaiting a Senate vote. Specifically, the measure allows existing well permit holders to repair, replace and reconstruct current, DNR- approved high capacity wells and protects farmland property values in Wisconsin. The legislation also requires a scientific study of some of the state's more sensitive surface waters to better inform future policy decisions.

"It is imperative that the Senate take action and approve this bill before they leave March 15," said Tamas Houlihan, director of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association. "The State Assembly recognized the urgency surrounding this issue when they passed AB874. We urge the Senate to take action next week to support Wisconsin farmers, food processors and the entire agricultural economy."

Some of the members of the coalition include the Dairy Business Association, Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, Wisconsin Farm Bureau, Wisconsin Manufacturers Commerce, Wisconsin Soybean Association, Cooperative Network, Wisconsin Agri-Business Association, Wisconsin Pork Association, Wisconsin Cattlemen's Association, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, Wisconsin Corn Association, and Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association.

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