ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU)- A dairy supply management system would be considered by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. Delegates at the organization's 99th annual convention on Monday approved a state policy saying the organization is willing to consider a dairy supply management system. The policy also was included in items the state organization will pass along for consideration at the next national Farm Bureau convention. Some delegates originally offered an amendment saying the state organization should support a supply management system, but opponents of that amendment said it would lock the state organization into promoting a supply management program; that amendment was defeated. Delegates also approved a policy calling for revising the federal Milk Marketing Order. Also during the Farm Bureau's convention, Marathon County farmers Ryan and Lindsay Prahl received the organization's Young Farmer and Agriculturalist Achievement Award. Kati Kinschuh of UW-River Falls won the Farm Bureau's collegiate discussion meet.
Communities interested in being designated as agricultural enterprise areas in 2020 can submit petitions until June 21 to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Agricultural enterprise areas are blocks of land that are used primarily for farming and for businesses that serve the farming sector. They are created when at least five landowners and their local governments petition for the designation and the department approves the petition. The designation allows farmers within area to receive tax credits of $5-$10 per acre if they enter into farmland preservation agreements with the department. As of Jan. 1, Wisconsin will have 37 AEAs totaling 1.32 million acres in 26 counties, 108 towns, and the Bad River Reservation.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced yesterday the appointment of Matthew J. Lohr to serve as chief of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Perdue said Lohr will provide leadership for NRCS and its mission to support America's farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in their voluntary conservation efforts through a network of more than 3,000 offices in communities nationwide.