U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin says Wisconsin can look forward to dollars coming its way for ag research, dairy innovation, farmer wellness and farmland security. The money comes from the FY2023 Omnibus Legislation. She touches on four components:
1) $6 million for expansion of the facilities at the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station in Marathon County and $10 million for the UW Dairy Forage Center in Prairie du Sac
2) Dairy Business Innovation Initiative will continue to be funded at $25 million. $1 million for the FDA to implement an updated approach to Standards of Identity enforcement against dairy imitation products. $10 million to the UW Dairy Forage Center
3) Farmland Security Act – addressing impacts that foreign investments have on farms and rural communities
4) $10 million for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network, which connects farmers and agricultural producers with stress assistance programs
As Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Baldwin worked to pass the Agriculture Appropriations bill, which was included in the bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations Legislation for Fiscal Year 2023.
“In recent years, our agricultural and rural communities have faced unique challenges, including supply chain disruptions, high input costs, and severe weather events. I am proud to have helped craft legislation that increases investments in our agriculture economy, supports our family farms, safeguards national security in the heartland, and increases rural development for a brighter, more sustainable future,” she says. “With investments in clean water infrastructure, rural broadband, and affordable housing, our legislation delivers results for rural communities across the country and in Wisconsin.”
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