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Wisconsin legislators back additional ag funding

Wisconsin lawmakers are supporting some additional funding for agricultural programs.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection asked the state’s Joint Finance Committee for 2.4 million dollars from the environmental fund to support soil and water management and the new nitrogen optimization pilot program. That program includes paying five dollars per acre for cover crop insurance premium rebates. 

State Representative and farmer Tony Kurtz spoke in favor of the funding at this week’s Joint Finance Committee meeting. “In my very rural area, cover crops, you’re seeing them more and just the importance of those for soil erosion, water quality, and farmers are truly seeing the benefit of cover crops and the long-term gains they can make in water quality and once again, in their crop performance.”

The Joint Finance Committee unanimously supported this request, and another for just over 558 thousand dollars in supplemental funding to support the state’s new agricultural exports program, which has a goal of increasing Wisconsin ag exports by 25% by June 30th, 2026.

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