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Farm Technology Days!
These are our Farm Technology Days winners! They each will receive a 1 year Membership worth $200!
James Borchardt of Edgar
David Dorn of Kewaskum
John Guzek of Green Bay
Joe Koshler of Chilton
Mark Nellessen of Rosholt
Cheri Zimmerman of Grand Marsh
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By Ag Member Rep
I recently had the privilege of attending the 2014 Farm Technology Days representing WPT (Wisconsin Property Taxpayers) and it was enlightening in many arenas. I had an opportunity to spend some time with Mike Marsch (President of WPT) and Bert Vosters (Sales Manager of WPT Agriculture) and they gave me a greater insight into the importance and value of what we do. This alone was a valuable learning experience. We had many people stop by our booth and they offered up their opinions. While the vast majorities believed in the principals that we believe in, there were a few that disagreed. Just another example of what a democracy is and the importance of freedom of speech. Many of the people that stopped by were already members of WPT, and many that weren’t expressed an interest in becoming supporters.
We handed out many Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer schedules. It was surprising to me that so many people were looking for them and we were the first ones they found.
Overall, I think the event was a huge success. Attendance for the 2014 Farm Technology Days was reported to be just under 60,000 and from what I experienced, everyone enjoyed the event.
It’s great to be a part of an organization that is so positively accepted by it’s members.
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To Stop Income Drain, Wisconsin Must Continue Reforming and Reducing Taxes According to New Report
August 18, 2014 | by Brett Healy
President of the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy
Wisconsinites still remember the dark days of the Doyle administration, where billion dollar tax increases and budget deficits were the norm. Luckily, the state is headed in a different direction now.
Gov. Scott Walker has set a different course. Each of his budgets was balanced. Property taxes have practically been frozen at 2010 levels. The income tax code was simplified, reducing the amount of brackets from five to four and eliminating 17 special interest tax credits. And every taxpayer has seen their taxes cut - to the tune of $2 billion.
Wisconsin is headed in the right direction, but there is still a lot of work to do because too many of our fellow Wisconsinites are leaving the state for better tax climates and taking their money with them.
On average, Wisconsin loses $136 million a year in adjusted gross income (AGI) from residents moving to other states. That is equal to nearly $2.5 billion over the past two decades. Money leaving the state means less investment in local businesses, less revenue for state and local governments and less being spent on Wisconsin goods and services.
Wisconsin's burdensome tax climate may be to blame for money leaving the state at such an alarming rate. A new report from the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy and the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) compares state tax burdens across the country to see if it is advantageous to move from Wisconsin to a different state.
According to the report, Florida is the number one destination for Wisconsinites leaving the state and for good reason. Florida's taxpayers do not pay a state income tax, and the average property tax rate is almost half of Wisconsin's. That means over the period of a lifetime, taxpayers could stand to gain hundreds of thousands of dollars in AGI just by heading to the Sunshine State.
According to the NCPA's State Tax Calculator, the analysis tool used in the study, a 40-year-old married couple who owns a home and earns $75,000 a year would gain $223,735 over the rest of their lifetime if they moved to Florida from Wisconsin.
Multiple Midwest states can claim a similar advantage. The couple above would be better off in Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota. If this couple chose to move to one of these neighboring states, they would gain up to $50,497 over the rest of their lifetime. The only neighboring state that has a worse tax climate for this couple is Illinois.
The report does find that lower-income individuals fair better in Wisconsin than Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota, however. A single 25-year-old renter making $30,000 a year is better off in Wisconsin than each of these states. But, as this taxpayer earns more and purchases a home, it is actually advantageous to move to Iowa or Minnesota. There is always a tax advantage for a Wisconsin resident moving to Michigan.
Essentially, the state's tax code is making it more difficult for Wisconsinites to achieve the American dream. Wisconsin has some of the highest property taxes in the country and an income tax system that takes more and more out of a taxpayer's pocket as their wages increase.
Walker's policies have us pointed in the right direction, but if Wisconsin intends on keeping residents here throughout their careers and into retirement, it must keep reforming its tax code and reducing the overall tax burden for everyone.
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With primaries done, party leaders look to November
August 13, 2014 By Andrew Beckett
Although the winners of a few races remain unclear at this point, Democrat and Republican leaders claim there were few surprises during Tuesday’s primaries and argue their winning candidates emerged stronger than before.
With Mary Burke has officially won the Democratic nomination in the race for governor, State Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate says they can turn their attention towards defeating incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker. Tate says “there’s obviously a reason Mary’s running neck and neck with Scott Walker in the polls right now. It’s because she’s a phenomenal candidate, someone who won’t reject an idea because it’s a Democrat idea or a Republican idea.”
Still, state Republican Party Vice Chair Brian Schimming believes Walker is well positioned to take on Burke in November. “He’s got the record to bring to the table. We look forward to the contrast between him and Mary Burke, and talking about how the state’s been moving forward.”
Tate is also excited about Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ’s win in the primary for attorney general. Happ defeated state Representative Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) and Dane County D.A. Ismael Ozanne. Richards was seen by many as a widely-backed establishment candidate, but Tate says any of the three Democrats running would have been a strong nominee. He credit’s Happ’s decisive win to her having a “message that resonates” with voters, and argues that people want someone with her background in the attorney general’s office.
Schimming says Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, the Republican nominee, will be ready to take the issues to voters ahead of November. Schimel faced no opposition in the primary.
The most visible undecided race in the state right now is the Republican primary in the 6th Congressional District. State Senator Glenn Grothman maintains a narrow lead of just over 200 votes and state Senator Joe Leibham, the next closest candidate in the four-way primary, could request a recount once the vote totals are finalized. Even if that happens, Schimming says he expects the race to be resolved quickly and that both candidates will continue to prepare for November as if they are the nominee. He says “they’ll be ready, no matter what.”
The eventual winner will go on to face Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, the Democratic nominee. Tate describes both Grothman and Leibham as extreme conservatives, although he adds that “having someone like Glenn Grothman is kind of like the epitome of a knuckle-dragging, right wing conservative, give Mark Harris a phenomenal chance to win that seat in November.”
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/19/2014
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture is again offering Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grants to strengthen the state's agricultural and food industries.
"Just as a wide variety of foods makes for a healthy diet, a variety of farms and agribusinesses makes for a healthy economy," said BLBW Program Manager Teresa Engel. "We encourage growers, processors and distributors of diverse products to apply, and we look forward to funding some innovative ideas."
The competitive grant was launched in 2008. Since its inception, there have been over $6 million in new local food sales and thousands of dollars in new investments and and jobs.
Proposals will be accepted from individuals, groups, businesses and organizations involved in Wisconsin agriculture, food processing, food distribution, food warehousing, retail food establishments or agricultural tourism sites. Proposals could include collaborations or partnerships.
A total of $200,000 is available in grant funding; the maximum award for each project is $50,000. Grant applicants must provide a cash or in-kind match of at least 50 percent of the total project budget.
Pre-proposals must be received at DATCP by December 1. For more information, call 608-224-5134.
State of Wisconsin agricultural exports still on the rise
Staff | Milwaukee Business Journal
Through June, agricultural product exports from the state of Wisconsin is 17 percent ahead of last year's pace, led by a 30 percent increase in dairy exports.
The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reports that 2014 ag exports totaled $1.9 billion, 12th in the nation. Canada remains the top export markets for the state, accounting for $934 million in exports.
Meetings on Implement of Husbandry (IOH) Law August 22 in Adams County and August 25 in Green Lake County
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Contact: Ken Williams, 920-787-0416, firstname.lastname@example.org
Farmers, agriculturists and local town and law enforcement officials are invited to attend a seminar to discuss recently enacted Wisconsin legislation that updates state laws regarding farm machinery operating on Wisconsin roadways. The University of Wisconsin-Extension and Wisconsin Farm Bureau are hosting a presentation about these changes on Friday Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Adams County Community Center, 569 North Cedar Street, Adams WI and on Monday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Training Room at the Green Lake County Government Center, 571 County Rd A, Green Lake WI.
The Wisconsin legislation that was signed into law in April 2014 as Wisconsin Act 377, updates the definition of implements of husbandry (IOH), creates a definition for an agricultural commercial motor vehicle (Ag CMV), provides an additional weight allowance from a maximum single axle weight of 20,000 pounds to 23,000 and increases the maximum gross vehicle weight from 80,000 to 92,000 pounds. Other components of the law address length and width limits, safety concerns including lighting and marking, and clarifies rules of the road.
Farmers and large equipment operators will be required to secure a No-Fee permit for overweight and over length IoH or Ag CMV from their local town, county or state unit of government, depending on the roads the equipment will be operated on.
“Safety is important and this recently signed Wisconsin legislation takes everyone’s needs into consideration,” said Ken Williams, UW-Extension Waushara County Agriculture Agent.
Presenters will include Cheryl Skjolaas, UW-Extension agricultural safety specialist, Rob Richard, Senior Director of Governmental Relations with Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Lt. Michael Klingenberg, Wisconsin State Patrol and Mike Koles, Wisconsin Towns Association. These speakers will discuss how these new laws and practices will affect the agriculture industry and how these new laws and practices will be enforced. Other possible speakers may include members of the IoH Study Group Education and Outreach Committee. Some speakers may be at one but not both meetings.
Registration is not required for either meeting. Refreshments and materials will be provided. For more information contact Ken Williams at 920-787-0416, email@example.com
Implements of Husbandry Training August 27, 2014
The Clark County University of Wisconsin-Extension will be hosting an Implements of Husbandry (IoH) Training Wednesday, Aug 27, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Clark County Courthouse Auditorium in Neillsville. Topics to be covered include an overview of Implements of Husbandry regulations, permits, options for local governments and enforcement. Presenters include Richard Halopka, Clark County UW-Extension crops and soils agent; Melissa Kona, Clark County UW-Extension CNRED agent; and Greg Herrick, Clark County Sheriff. Local governments officials and those in the agricultural industry are encouraged to attend.
Changes include an updated definition of implements of husbandry (IoH), extended weight limitations from a maximum single-axle weight of 20,000 pounds to 23,000 and the maximum gross vehicle weight from 80,000 to 92,000 pounds. The bills also addresses length and width limits, safety concerns to lightings and rules of the road.
The legislation would require farmers and large equipment operators to secure a 12-month permit from their local town, county or state unit of government, depending on the roads the equipment would be operated on.
These changes impact a wide range of groups, including all agricultural implements and vehicle operators, state and local government and law enforcement. Act 377 made changes in the way agricultural vehicles and equipment operate on state, county and local roads. Many are complex. New weight and dimension allowances are now in effect. Permits to operate overweight or over-length vehicles go into effect Jan. 1, 2015.
Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting the Extension Office at 715-743-5121.
Board of Commissioners of Public Lands: Approves $26 million in Trust Fund loans
CONTACT: Tia Nelson, Executive Secretary (608) 266-8369
MADISON – The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) today approved slightly more than $26 million in State Trust Fund Loans to support one municipal project and one school project in Wisconsin.
Loans approved include:
· Village of Trempealeau, Trempealeau County / Finance public works projects and refund 2013 note / $1,002,500
· Verona Area School District, Dane County / Refinance debt / $25,000,000
With income generated by State Trust Fund Loans, and not a single taxpayer dollar, the BCPL provides all of the state’s financial aid to public elementary, middle and high school libraries; $30.2 million in 2014, alone. A complete list of the 2014 library aid distribution by school district will be found here: (http://bcpl.wisconsin.gov/docview.asp?docid=25610&locid=145).
State Trust Fund Loan monies come from the principal of the state’s Common School Fund, which is enhanced by revenues generated by fees, fines, forfeitures, unclaimed property and timber sales.
Established in 1848 by the State Constitution, the BCPL consists of the Secretary of State Doug La Follette, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, and State Treasurer Kurt Schuller.
To learn more about the agency, visit http://bcpl.wisconsin.gov.