DBA members make impact at Dairy Day at the Capitol
Friday, April 12, 2019
Posted by: John Holevoet, director of government affairs
State leaders got a strong reminder on Wednesday about the importance of Wisconsin’s dairy community and the commitment of the people who drive America’s Dairyland.
At a “Dairy Day at the Capitol” event, the Dairy Business Association brought more than 40 of its members together to hear directly from the most influential decision-makers in Madison and to visit personally with lawmakers and their staffs about DBA’s priorities.
Participating members, a mix of farmers and corporate representatives, heard from Gov. Tony Evers and Brad Pfaff, the state agriculture secretary designee, along with leaders in both houses of the Legislature and on the agriculture committees.
The DBA group split up into teams and visited 46 offices for individual discussions with 69 of the state’s 132 lawmakers or their staffs to explain the real-world needs of today’s dairy farmers and related businesses. Top priorities were addressing water quality challenges, providing opportunities for nutrient trading, creating a driver permit for non-citizens, funding dairy research and addressing long-term transportation funding.
“These types of lobbying efforts — with members taking center stage — go the furthest in opening the eyes and ears of lawmakers as they make decisions that affect day-to-day life in the dairy community,” said John Holevoet, director of government affairs for DBA. “This is a critical time to get in front of state leaders as they work through the budget-making process.”