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

Dairy Innovation Hub website

Funding was included in the 2019-21 state biennial budget. The Committee on Joint Finance has released budget funds to the University of Wisconsin System. A Dairy Innovation Hub Advisory Council has been announced.

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

JR0 SB6/JR0 AB6, relating to the Wisconsin Initiative for Dairy Exports and making an appropriation, passed the Assembly and is awaiting action by the Senate.

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-designee Pfaff to Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (January 2019)

AB518 and SB464, relating to labeling a product as meat and granting rule-making authority, passed the Assembly and is awaiting action by the Senate.

AB516 and SB466, relating to labeling a product as a type of milk and granting rule-making authority, passed the Assembly and is awaiting action by the Senate.

AB515 and SB463, relating to labeling food as a type of dairy product or as a dairy ingredient and granting rule-making authority, passed the Assembly and is awaiting action by the Senate.

Require animal official identification

State

SB727 and AB 812, relating to creating a voluntary individual animal identification program and granting rule-making authority, passed both houses.

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

JR0 SB3/JR0 AB3, relating to promoting production of value-added agricultural products; creating an organic farming education grant program, a grazing education grant program, and a farm to fork grant program; providing resource conservation technical assistance; granting rule-making authority; and making an appropriation, was introduced.

JR0 SB7/JR0 AB7, relating to an increase of $600,000 in grants to dairy processing plants and making an appropriation, passed the Assembly and is awaiting action by the Senate.

Mandatory pooling

National

Educational programming for non-farm audiences

Institutional

Capital for new and emerging technology

State

Address regulations impacting milk haulers

State

SB669 and AB743, relating to an exception to federal hours of service requirements and modifying an administrative rule related to the exception, passed both houses.

Increasing milk quality standards

National

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

National

Wisconsin Assembly Joint Resolution 63, relating to a statement in support of increased milk consumption among America's youth, introduced.

Rural processors access to capital

State

SB219, relating to the agricultural development loan guarantee program administered by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, passed both houses and was signed by the Governor.

Beginning farmer program modernization

State / National

Increased collaboration in the UW System and with private industry

Institutional

JR0 SB4/JR0SB4, relating to 20 county-based agriculture positions in the Division of Extension of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and making an appropriation, was introduced.

SB563 and AB627, relating to funding for certain extension services of the University of Wisconsin System and making an appropriation, passed the Assembly and is awaiting action by the Senate.

Reimplementation of the Beginning Farmer and Farm Asset Owner tax credit

State

AB873 and SB818, relating to an income tax credit for the property taxes paid on agricultural buildings and improvements and making an appropriation, passed the Assembly and is awaiting action by the Senate.

Need for a consistent industry message

Institutional

Need for regulatory certainty and consistency

State

Increasing demand for fluid milk consumption in schools

Institutional

JR0 SB5/JR0 AB5, relating to farm to school grants and making an appropriation, to connect children with locally produced foods in school meals, including dairy products, was introduced.

Wisconsin Assembly Joint Resolution 63, relating to a statement in support of increased milk consumption among America's youth, introduced.

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

Extension is developing county ag economic impact reports.

Support for broadband internet services in rural communities

State / National

AB344 and SB321, relating to the telephone company tax exemption for property used to provide broadband service, are through their committees and available for scheduling.

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

JR0 SB7/JR0 AB7, relating to an increase of $600,000 in grants to dairy processing plants and making an appropriation, passed the Assembly and is awaiting action by the Senate.

Need to engage with state and federal government leaders

Institutional / Individual

Governor Evers signed Executive Order #65, relating to the creation of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity, which will include listening sessions and meetings around Wisconsin.

Investments in scholarships, planning support, and apprenticeship sponsors

State / Institutional

JR0 SB1/JR0 SB1, relating to providing planning assistance to farmers and making an appropriation, was introduced.

AB524, relating to farmer tuition assistance grants and making an appropriation, was passed by the Assembly. SB505 was introduced.

AB519 and SB472, creating a program for reimbursing the higher education debt of beginning farmers, were introduced.

AB494 and SB448, creating University of Wisconsin System positions for farm succession planning and making an appropriation, were introduced.

Assist farms develop and market agritourism

Institutional / State

DATCP agritourism website

JR0 SB3/JR0 AB3, relating to promoting production of value-added agricultural products; creating an organic farming education grant program, a grazing education grant program, and a farm to fork grant program; providing resource conservation technical assistance; granting rule-making authority; and making an appropriation, was introduced.

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

Governor Evers proclaimed September 20, 2019 as Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Day.

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

SB684 and AB748, relating to reciprocity for bulk milk weighing and sampling licenses, passed both houses.

Need for additional farm business succession facilitators

State

Extension is holding farm succession and estate planning workshops in seven locations across Wisconsin in early 2020.

Extension held Wisconsin Farm Succession Professionals Network (WIFSPN) training including succession strategies and tools to guide the process in 2019.

Extension is developing a farm succession workbook, Cultivating your farm's future.

JR0 SB1/JR0 SB1, relating to providing planning assistance to farmers and making an appropriation, was introduced.

AB494 and SB448, creating University of Wisconsin System positions for farm succession planning and making an appropriation, were introduced.

Encourage young people to pursue ag careers

Institutional

The Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman announced that DWD together with DATCP will be reconsituting the Ag Education and Workforce Development Council.

Support the Access to Better Credit (ABC) Act

State

Remove the annual requirements for the rBST affidavit

State

ATCP 83 update in progress.

SB685 and AB747, relating to using milk producer affidavits to substantiate claims that a dairy product is free of synthetic bovine growth hormone, passed both houses.

Support the National Dairy FARM Program or equivalent

Institutional

Extension offers Animal Well-Being & Herd Health resources.

Reduce barriers to utilize services from DWD DVR

State

Assist rural businesses pursue healthy workplace practices

State

Extension offers a farm human resources education program, Becoming the Employer of Choice.

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

Extension is creating modules on understanding milk pricing, which will be available online when completed.

SB563 and AB627, relating to funding for certain extension services of the University of Wisconsin System and making an appropriation, passed the Assembly and is awaiting action by the Senate.

Review eligibility for DWD services for self-employed individuals

State

Extension posted an article, Opportunities for Farming Individuals through the local Workforce Development System.

Extension shares checklists for transferable skills for entering the workforce after farming.

Department of Workforce Development confirmed farmers are eligible under the dislocated worker program.

Support processors with load consolidation and logistics planning

Institutional / State

Held 90 meetings between 9 Wisconsin cheese companies and 10 retail food buyers from Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates to establish cheese sales to the Middle East. Introduced freight forwarding companies, with expertise in exporting food products, to the Wisconsin cheese companies and Middle East buyers participating in the full day of meetings. (June 2019)

Understanding marketing tools available

Individual

Extension is holding Hardening Your Business sessions in early 2020.

JR0 SB4/JR0SB4, relating to 20 county-based agriculture positions in the Division of Extension of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and making an appropriation, was introduced.

SB563 and AB627, relating to funding for certain extension services of the University of Wisconsin System and making an appropriation, passed the Assembly and is awaiting action by the Senate.