Governor Walker created the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0 in June 2018 as a joint effort between DATCP and the UW System to study the Wisconsin dairy industry with the goal of making recommendations on actions needed to maintain a viable and profitable dairy industry in Wisconsin.
In 1985, the UW System and DATCP Secretary appointed a Wisconsin Dairy Task Force comprised of 31 individuals including dairy farmers, milk processors and allied organizations. The Task Force met numerous times over the course of 14 months, and at its conclusion, unanimously approved an 82-page report that included findings and 75 recommendations for the industry. Many of the recommendations have been implemented over time to retain Wisconsin’s recognition as a dairy leader. The Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0 is modeled off of this previous effort.
The original report from the 1985 Task Force as well as the 1991 progress report are available below.
Wisconsin Dairy Task Force-1995 Final Report
Wisconsin Dairy Task Force-1991 Progress Report
Governor's Membership Press Release
Governor's Press Release
UW-Madison Center for Dairy Profitability
The University of Wisconsin System