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.
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.