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Meth A Growing Epidemic in our Neighborhood PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 10:27

meth-useSen. Vinehout met with county officials and staff who shared stories about the growing problems of meth use and addiction in western Wisconsin. Counties face a financial burden caring for those addicted and their children and she asks her colleagues to include meth as they consider bills on opioid abuse.

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Sen. Vinehout Offers to Help Farmers Affected by Grassland Dairy Action PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 10 April 2017 11:36

grasslandEncourages the 75 farmers affected by the changes at Grassland Dairy Products to contact her or the State DATCP.


ALMA, WI - Last week, Grassland Dairy products sent a letter to at least 75 farmers to let them know their contracts with the company would be ending.

According to the letter, the Canadian government has put in place trade regulations aimed at preventing the company’s sale of their products to the Canadian market.

kathleen-vinehoutI encourage farmers affected by the changes at Grassland Dairy Products Inc. to contact me or the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).

The department’s Farm Center mission is to help farmers in critical situations, like those impacted by the action of Grassland Dairy. They will provide farmers with services, including help to find alternative processors.

Farmers can get in touch with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Farm Center at 1-800-942-2474.

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Senator Vinehout can be reached at 1-877-763-6636.

 
Factory Farm Oversight Switch Study Tossed Out Of Budget PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Friday, 07 April 2017 13:47

dairy-cowLegislators reject proposal to move oversight of polluting factory farms from the DNR to the unprepared and unqualified Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.


MADISON – Just a week after hundreds of conservationists descended on the Capitol to urge legislators to reject a move to shift oversight of polluting factory farms from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the state’s Joint Finance Committee did just that.

Today, the JFC pulled from the Governor’s budget proposal a study that would have kick-started an effort to move oversight of concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, from the DNR to DATCP.

clean-drinking-waterThat terrible idea would have made enforcing clean water rules even more difficult by passing them off to an agency unprepared and unqualified to function in that capacity, resulting in even more families unable to drink the water from their taps.

Last Thursday, March 29th, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters hosted its Conservation Lobby Day. More than 300 citizens came to the Capitol and urged their legislators to reject this piece of the budget.

Executive Director Kerry Schumann issued this statement:

“The committee’s decision to remove this ill-advised item from the budget just a week after Conservation Lobby Day demonstrates the power of Wisconsin’s conservation voters and the urgency of this issue. This is one necessary step of many to ensure clean, safe drinking water for all Wisconsin families.”

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Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to electing conservation leaders, holding decision makers accountable, and encouraging lawmakers to champion conservation policies that effectively protect Wisconsin's public health and natural resources.

 
La Crosse Water Contamination Raises Red Flags PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Tony Palese   
Friday, 07 April 2017 12:58

clean-drinking-waterArea health officials warn of private well contamination as issues of water quality and safety grow in western Wisconsin. DNR budget cuts and staff reductions are hitting home.

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