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Written by Evers Press Wisconsin   
Wednesday, 13 July 2022 19:15

farmer-wicornI am committed to continuing to invest in and uplift our agricultural producers and our rural communities, says Governor.


MADISON, Wis. — In case you missed it, Governor Tony Evers is doing what is right for Wisconsin farmers. During his first term, he allocated over $100 million to farmers across all 72 counties, helping over 20,000 farmers. Gov. Evers understands the importance of Wisconsin’s agriculture industry — and more importantly the farmers who are the backbone of our economy. 

This week, Gov. Evers also announced that he plans to expand access to high-speed internet to an additional 300,000 homes and businesses in his next term. Having access to high-speed internet in rural Wisconsin is essential to farms, businesses and homes — that’s why Gov. Evers is continuing to do the right thing for our state’s agriculture industry.

Read more below.

Wisconsin State Farmer: Wisconsin’s Economy Needs Farmers

By Gov. Tony Evers

Wisconsin farmers are the backbone of our state, home to more than 64,000 farms on 14.2 million acres of land. Agriculture, including our dairy and cranberry industries, is vital to our economy, generating over $100 billion for our state every year. And one in nine Wisconsin jobs are in an agriculture-related field. That’s why my administration is working to give Wisconsin farmers the tools they need to succeed.

Over the years, with trade wars and supply chain issues, Wisconsin farms have been through a lot. During my first term, to address some of the issues, as part of the Farmer Support Program, I allocated $100 million to over 20,000 farmers across Wisconsin’s 72 counties. This support is helping farmers pay bills, invest in equipment, and continue feeding and fueling Wisconsin.

tony-eversI believe it is also important that Wisconsin is moving forward and keeping up with 21st century advancements, whether that is expanding Wisconsin’s internet or repairing roads. During my first term, my investments have led to affordable and accessible high-speed internet to over 387,000 new farms, homes, and businesses. I plan to expand access to an additional 300,000 homes and businesses in my next term.

Additionally, we have repaired over 1,700 miles of road and nearly 1,300 bridges to make sure rural Wisconsin is connected to the rest of the state like never before.

In my latest budget, I was proud to support programs like the Wisconsin Initiative for Agriculture Exports, which aims to boost our state’s agricultural exports; grants for our dairy processors; and a new program to grow the state’s meat processing industry. I also directed an additional $10 million from the American Rescue Plan for meat and poultry processors that can help them grow their businesses, and started a $5 million grant program to help meat processors find new workers and fill much-needed jobs.

These investments are helping create new markets for Wisconsin farmers and our agriculture products — and it’s already paying off. Five meat processors, from Viroqua to Luxemburg, already received the first round of funding from the meat processor grant program, which will help them improve and expand their operations.

I believe agriculture is key to the success of rural areas of our state, and when rural Wisconsin prospers, our whole state benefits — that’s why I created the Office of Rural Prosperity. This office provides Wisconsinites with ways to navigate state programs and brings rural leaders together to solve issues. I also created the Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity that would provide additional resources to rural communities.

It is more important than ever to be supporting rural Wisconsin, the agriculture industry, and our farmers. From feeding our families to bringing huge economic benefits to our state, our farmers have always had our backs, so we’ve got to have theirs. I am committed to continuing to invest in and uplift our agricultural producers and our rural communities — our state depends on it.

 
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