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Walker Announces Dairy Grants During Wisconsin Cheese Day
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/26/2018

Some of the state's top elected officials got their fill of dairy during Wisconsin Cheese Day on Monday. Gov. Scott Walker accompanied Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, State Ag Secretary Sheila Harsdorf, Economic Development Secretary Mark Hogan and Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett on a tour of 13 cheese companies. He also awarded a $200,000 grant to help expand the Center for Dairy Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a $500,000 Workforce Training Grant to support an expansion of the Great Lakes Cheese Expansion in Wausau.

"Wisconsin is America's Dairyland and since cheese is Wisconsin's official dairy product, it is only fitting that we visit cheese producers throughout the state to thank them for the contributions they are making to their industry and the state's economy," Walker said. "We're home to 8,500 dairy farms, the vast majority of which are family-owned. Wisconsin Cheese Day is about celebrating the successes of these companies as well as the family-supporting jobs they create right here in Wisconsin."

WEDC Deputy Secretary Tricia Braun, DATCP Assistant Deputy Secretary Keith Ripp and Alice in Dairyland Kaitlyn Riley also joined the group for many of the stops, along with leaders from the dairy and cheese industry, local and regional economic development organizations, state legislators and the University of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin producers more than a quarter of the nation's cheese and exported $134 million in cheese products around the world last year.

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