Wisconsin Farm Bureau sets policy priorities, elects officers
Dairy supply and pricing, DNR permitting, and taxation were some of the top topics discussed by Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation delegates Monday.
As little as three years ago, a recommendation for any form of dairy supply management had almost no support from Farm Bureau delegates, but now, Government Relations Director Karen Gefvert says members want to learn more about a Dairy Revitalization Plan from the University of Wisconsin based on recent research. “There has been a slow, progressive interest in exploring what options might be out there for a growth management plan and our delegates have been very passionate about trying to move the organization toward at least researching and finding out more information.”
She says delegates also voted to support developing a replacement for the Federal Milk Marketing Order system, which Gefvert calls archaic. “It doesn’t reflect the current marketplace of the products that are produced, and those products and the price in which they generate being part of the milk price that’s established and the milk price that gets paid to our farmers.”
Wisconsin delegates also support a voluntary carbon credit market that is instituted by U.S.-based companies, using certified private sector professionals to help farmers meet DNR permit requirements, having a final determination on all CAFO permits within 12 months of application or grant automatic approval, and members support state funding for planting cover crops. Wisconsin delegates also reinforced American Farm Bureau Federation’s opposition to the Biden taxes and proposed elimination of stepped-up basis.
Delegates re-elected Kevin Krentz, Dave Daniels, and Robert Nigh to the Farm Bureau board, with Krentz and Daniels retaining their roles as President and Vice President.
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