Rural Economic Development
RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
(SENATE BILL 769/ASSEMBLY BILL 912)
The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association supports SB 769/Assembly Bill 912, related to a $50 million annual appropriation for rural economic development, and urges the Senate and Assembly to approve this bill before adjourning the 2017-2018 legislative session.
Wisconsin is home to 203 dairy manufacturing plants, and 1.28 million cows. Due to the proximity to the milk supply, most cheese, yogurt, and butter-making facilities operate in the state’s more rural counties.
However, people are also necessary to the dairy manufacturing process, and they are in increasingly
short supply in these same parts of Wisconsin.
While dollars associated with SB 769/AB 912 are not specifically allocated to boost cheese, yogurt, and butter manufacturers, we believe that investments in all rural-based business are likely to strengthen the communities in which members operate, assisting in critical workforce attraction and retention efforts.