Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports (WIAE)

​​​​​​WIAE Plan 

In December 2021, Governor Evers signed Assembly Bill 314, now 2021 Wisconsin Act 92, which invests five million dollars 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 Export Expansion Grant application period closed on March 18, 2022. ​

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


​​International Market Access Grants (IMAG)

​Note: The International Market Access Grant application period closed on April 1, 2022.

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

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


Press Releases

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​