Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports (WIAE)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​WIAE Plan 

The Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports was first proposed by Governor Evers in his 2021-23 budget. In December 2021, the Governor signed subsequent legislation (Assembly Bill 314, now 2021 Wisconsin Act 92) which invests up to five million dollars over five years to increase exports of Wisconsin agricultural goods. In collaboration with the Wisconsin Economic Development Cooperation (WEDC), the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) submitted a strategic five-year plan for the funding, named the Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports, to the Wisconsin Legislature on Decem​ber 31, 2021. ​​

This initiative aims to boost the export of dairy, meat, crop, a​nd other agricultural products by 25 percent by June 2026 and allows DATCP to have flexibility to respond and react to changing market conditions. Planned activities include:

  • Enhancing trade promotion activities by expanding curren​t opportunities based on Wisconsin priorities.

  • Creating an Export Expansion Grant Program to foster innovation in exporting.

  • Designating funds solely for Wisconsin agribusinesses in WEDC's International Market Access Grant (IMAG) program, which provides pr​ovides assistance to businesses to furth​er their exporting goals. 

  • Expanding Wisconsin agribusiness eligibility for WEDC's ExporTech™​ scholarships, which helps Wisconsin companies learn export strategies, best practices, and the mechanics of exporting.   ​

For more information on the WIAE, sign up for DATCP email updates. 

Funding Opportunities​

Export Expansion Grants

Note: The 2022 grant recipients were announced in January 2023. Access the full release here.

This grant aims to accelerate the growth of ​Wisconsin dairy, meat, a​nd crop product exports.​

​​International Market Access Grants (IMAG)

​Note: The 2022 IMAG recipients were announced in June 2022. Access the full release here

Coordinated by WEDC, IMAGs provide funding to support a company’s specific export development and deployment strategy. The WIAE expands WEDC’s existing IMAG program by designating funds solely for agribusinesses.

Trade Promotion Activities

As part of the WIAE, the IABC will be hosting several trade promotion activities including trade shows, oubound buyers missions, and inbound buyers missions. For a full list of trade promotion activities, please visit the IABC Calendar of Events. ​

Wisconsin Agricultural Export Advisory Council (WAXC)

​​This council will help guide the initiatives created through the WIAE and includes international trade experts from WEDC and DATCP, state legislators, and agriculture organizations and agribusinesses representing crop, dairy, and meat products. The council will meet at least twice per year. These meetings are open to the public, and are expected to have virtual attendance options.  

WAXC Charter

WAXC Council Member Biographies​​

Upcoming Council Meetings:​ ​​​

March 2024 (exact day yet to be confirmed)​

Upcoming WAXC Webinars:​ ​​​

November 15, 2023 – ESG and Sustainability
January 17, 2024 – Export Expansion Recap

Previous Council Meetings and Webinars:

Council Meeting - September 6, 2023​, 9 a.m. (Meeting Recording​)
Materials: 9/16 Presentation Slides | 9/16 WAXC Meeting Agenda ​| 3/29 WAXC Meeting Minutes ​| ​​Follow on Instagram: Fork and the Road (Aqilah Al Akeelah​)​ 

Wisconsin Agricultural Export Webinar - August 16, 2023, 9 a.m. (Meeting Recording​)
Materials: 8/16 Presentation Slides​  |  ExporTech Flyer  |  ExporTech Virtual Sessions Flyer​  |  ​ExporTech Results Summary

Council Meeting - March 29, 2023​, 9 a.m. (Meeting Recording)
Materials: 3/29 Presentation Slides | 3/29 WAXC Meeting Agenda ​9/23 WAXC Meeting Minutes
EU Food Labeling Information | 2022 IABC-WI Export Highlights

Wisconsin Agricultural Export Webinar - February 15, 2023 (Meeting Recording)

Webinar: Food Export Branded Program and Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway - January 11, 2023​
Materials: Agricultural Exports Presentation  |  Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Presentation  |  Food Export's Presentation

Wisconsin Export Webinar - November 16, 2022. 9 a.m. (Meeting Recording​)  ​
​Materials: 11/16 Presentation Slides​

Council Meeting - September 23, 2022​, 9 a.m. (Meeting Recording​)
Materials: 9/23 Presentation Slides | 9/23 WAXC Meeting Agenda | 5/4 WAXC Meeting Minutes 
Interim Meeting: Freight & Logistics Recap | Interim Meeting: Export Statistics Recap 
13.10 WIAE Funding Request | 2022 Q2 IABC-WI Export Highlights | 2021 IABC-WI Export Highlights 
WIAE Trade Promotion Activities | WEDC Trade Ventures | Export Expansion Grant Information 
Agricultural Exporting Resources | WEDC IMAG Grants Information | WEDC ExporTech Information

Interim Meeting on Export Metrics - August 17, 2022, 9 a.m. ​(Meeting Recording​)

Interim Meeting on Fre​ight and Logistics - July 20, 2022, 9 a.m. (Meeting R​ecording)

Council Meeting - May 4, 2022, 9 a.m.
Materials: Presentation Slides


September 22, 2022: Global Dairy Symposium Registration to Close September 30

August 16, 2022: DATCP Ready to Move Forward After Release of Funds for Agricultural Initiatives​

July 6, 2022: DATCP to Host Global Dairy Symposium at World Dairy Expo 2022​​

June 30, 2022: DATCP, WEDC Announce Agribusinesses Receiving 2022 International Market Access Grants​

June 24, 2022: DATCP Announces 2022 Export Expansion Grant Recipients​

May 9, 2022: DATCP, WEDC Hold First Wisconsin Agricultural Export Advisory Council Meeting​

April 12, 2022: DATCP, WEDC Announce New Wisconsin Agricultural Export Advisory Council

March 2, 2022: WEDC, DATCP Expanding Funding for International Market Access Grants to Agribusinesses​​

February 21, 2022: DATCP Accepting Applications for Export Expansion Grants through March 18

February 14, 2022: DATCP Secretary Celebrates Record-Breaking Year for Wisconsin Ag Exports, Release of Agricultural Export Funding

December 3, 2021: Gov. Evers Signs Bill to Promote Wisconsin’s Agricultural and Agribusiness Products​