Farmers have mixed reactions to Dairy Task Force’s proposals to save industry

Six months and numerous sub-committee meetings into their mission, Governor Scott Walker’s Dairy Task Force 2.0 has released two proposals aimed at restoring the future of America’s dairyland.

With 638 Wisconsin farms shut down in 2018, it is no secret the state is battling a dairy crisis. A joint effort between the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the University of Wisconsin system, the task force’s goal is to ensure a successful and profitable future for the industry, much like the first dairy task force tried to do in 1985.

Ryan Klussendorf sits on two sub-committees of the task force, while operating Broadland Grass Farm in Medford with his father. For him, it is about making sure there is a future for the state’s dying industry and protecting his farm to pass on to his three sons.

“We’re trying to put the pieces in place to help stabilize it for the future,” Klussendorf reflected. “We want action sooner than later, but it takes time to make sure we’re doing the right thing.”

“The state would use funding to guarantee a loan for special purpose facilities in rural communities,” Task Force Chairman Mark Stephenson explains. He adds that what is available to them now is considerably less than what is being proposed—and that those current limits often are not enough to help them move forward with expansions.

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