Dairy Task Force 2.0 Dashboard

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This dashboard lists each recommendation, the likely level of implementation, and known actions taken. The table can be sorted by clicking on the column header. For more information about each recommendation, read the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0 Final Report.

Recommendat​ion​

Implementation Level

Action Taken​

Dairy Innovation Hub

State

Funding was included in the 2019-21 state biennial budget.

Feasibility study for Wisconsin Cheese Brand and Export Board

Institutional

Staffing analysis at CDR and additional state funds for full-time positions

State​​

Recognize the importance of exports to Wisconsin dairy

Institutional

Funding was included in Governor Evers' budget proposal. No action taken by the legislature.

Become one of the dairy product and business innovation centers

Institutional / National

The Center for Dairy Research and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association were awarded the Dairy Business Innovation Initiative grant.

Reduce the number of milk classes from the current four to two

National

Regulatory changes needed to FDA product standards of identity

National

Truth in food labeling

State / National

A letter was sent by DATCP Secretary Pfaff to Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (January 2019)

LRB 3990/1 and LRB 4301/1, relating to labeling a product as meat and granting rule-making authority, proposed for co-sponsorship.

LRB 3948/1 and LRB 4311/1, relating to labeling a product as a type of milk and granting rule-making authority, proposed for co-sponsorship.

LRB 4023/1 and LRB 4310/1, relating to labeling food as a type of dairy product or as a dairy ingredient and granting rule-making authority, proposed for co-sponsorship.

Require animal official identification

State

Create a Cheese Export program at CDR with technical staff support

Institutional / State

Solutions for local road infrastructure support and maintenance funds

State

The 2019-21 state biennial budget provides an historic 10 percent increase ($66 million over the biennium) in available funding for general transportation aids, paid to counties, towns, villages, and cities.

Emphasis on value-added and specialty cheese in Wisconsin

Institutional

Funding for dairy processor grants was included in Governor Evers' budget proposal, which would have supported the production of value-added and specialty cheese. No action taken by the legislature.

Mandatory pooling

National

Educational programming for non-farm audiences

Institutional

Capital for new and emerging technology

State

Address regulations impacting milk haulers

State

Increasing milk quality standards

National

Support H.R. 832, Whole Milk for 4 Healthy Kids Act of 2019

National

Rural processors access to capital

State

SB219 has passed the Senate. AB328 has been introduced in the Assembly.

Beginning farmer program modernization

State / National

Increased collaboration in the UW System and with private industry

Institutional

Funding for 20 county-based agricultural positions for UW-Extension was included in Governor Evers' budget proposal. No action was taken by the legislature. 

Reimplementation of the Beginning Farmer and Farm Asset Owner tax credit

State

Need for a consistent industry message

Institutional

Need for regulatory certainty and consistency

State

Increasing demand for fluid milk consumption in schools

Institutional

Grant funding for DATCP's Farm to School was included in Governor Evers' budget proposal, which would support this work. No action was taken by the legislature.

Need to study the impact of dairy and agriculture on local communities

Institutional

Support for broadband internet services in rural communities

State / National

The 2019-21 state biennial budget provides $48 million throughout the biennium, the largest amount ever, to expand the Broadband Expansion Grant program to reach more underserved areas of the state.

Work to conduct detailed consumer preferences and insight studies

Institutional

Increase in dairy processor grant funding

State

Funding included in Governor Evers' budget proposal. No action taken by the legislature.

Need to engage with state and federal government leaders

Institutional / Individual

Investments in scholarships, planning support, and apprenticeship sponsors

State / Institutional

LRB 1388, creating the Beginning Farmer Student Loan Assistance Program, proposed for co-sponsorship.


LRB-1123/2, creating University of Wisconsin System positions for farm succession planning and making an appropriation, proposed for co-sponsorship.

Assist farms develop and market agritourism

Institutional / State

The 2019-21 state biennial budget includes additional funding for Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin, which supports this work.

Encourage dairy producers to run for local offices and commissions

Individual

Need to have and understand a contract/member agreement

Individual

Establishment of a Farm Savings Account for farmers

National

Create an app for dairy producers and associates on major topics

Institutional

Bulk Milk Weighers and Samplers license reciprocity

State

Need for additional farm business succession facilitators

State

LRB-1123/2, creating University of Wisconsin System positions for farm succession planning and making an appropriation, proposed for co-sponsorship.

Encourage young people to pursue ag careers

Institutional

Support the Access to Better Credit (ABC) Act

State

Remove the annual requirements for the rBST affidavit

State

ATCP 83 update in progress.

Support the National Dairy FARM Program or equivalent

Institutional

Reduce barriers to utilize services from DWD DVR

State

Assist rural businesses pursue healthy workplace practices

State

Develop a dairy internship program

Institutional / State

Establishment of ag-based programs at the local level

Institutional

Support for public and private partnerships

Institutional

The 2019-21 state biennial budget includes $750,000 annually for producer-led watershed grants, which emphasizes public and private partnerships.

Need to understand milk pricing and provide training

Institutional / Individual

Funding for 20 county-based agricultural positions for UW-Extension was included in Governor Evers' budget proposal. No action was taken by the legislature. 

Review eligibility for DWD services for self-employed individuals

State

Support processors with load consolidation and logistics planning

Institutional / State

Understanding marketing tools available

Individual

Funding for 20 county-based agricultural positions for UW-Extension was included in Governor Evers' budget proposal. No action was taken by the legislature.