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Governor Walker talks about ways to improve Wisconsin farming


Barron County (WQOW)- The focus at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days shifted Wednesday to what the governor has to say about the future of farming in our state.  He stopped by the big event in Barron County.

"A lot of the technology you see here, that's what is going to make us grow," points out Governor Walker.

The governor spoke to a packed crowd.  He talked about farming and ways the state can improve and he says a big part of that means producing more milk.

"We think about providing nearly a quarter of all the cheese in America from one state, nearly half of all the specialty cheese, and when you think about the export potential, clearly you can't export on any wide volume milk because of the shelf life, but you can cheese," Walker explains.  "We have tremendous opportunities to do more when it comes to export markets and cheese, but we've got to have a growing supply of milk."

Experts claim Wisconsin dairy farmers are only producing about 90% of the milk needed by dairy processors.  Despite being the second largest milk producer in the country, the state is now trying to ramp up production even more by three billion pounds more a year by 2020.

Last year, farmers were hit hard in different parts of the state by drought.  This year, it's been the rain.

"It's two tough years for two other extremes," laments the governor.  "But its one where again, this is almost a $60 billion industry in the state of Wisconsin.  We want to make sure that the people in those parts that have been affected this year by the heavy rains and the heavy snowfall that we had earlier in the year are accounted for."

He says the state is helping out and one way is by providing tax cuts.

"Giving that tax relief back, whether it's through income taxes to production tax credit, property tax relief, that all means that for those in the farming community and those who provide agribusiness opportunities, that's money they get to invest in the kind of technology that we see all around us today," responds Walker.  "When you invest in more technology, that means more people get put back to work and that's our goal."

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