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43 Farmers Awarded Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 Grants

43 Farmers Awarded Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 Grants
30x20 grants are designed to increase Wisconsin's milk output to 30 billion pounds by 2020.

Gov. Scott Walker announced 43 recipients of the Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 grants at Lane Creek Dairy Farm, LLC in La Crosse on May 1. The goal of Walker's 30 x 20 initiative is to increase Wisconsin's milk output to 30 billion pounds by 2020. With the grant funds, farmers can invest in management, develop expansion plans, and transition their farms for the next generation. 

Walker Announces 43 Farmers Awarded Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 Grants

"Our investment in Wisconsin's agriculture industry through these grants will enable these farmers to improve their profitability, and allow Wisconsin to thrive as a leader in the nation's dairy industry," Walker said.  "Agriculture contributes more than 350,000 jobs to the state's economy, and I'm happy to support the farmers, their families, and their staff who do the hard work.  I'd also like to thank farmers like Jeffery Berg, whose passion for the industry allows them to overcome all obstacles."

Jeffery Berg and his wife Jo own Lane Creek Dairy Farm in La Crosse. Berg was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1989, but refused to allow the limitations caused by his disability to keep him from building his business for the next generation.   

Lane Creek Dairy Farm was awarded Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 grant in 2012. The Bergs used the funds to plan for new construction on the farm and installed a slatted floor with a manure pit under the free stall barn. Walker was able to see first-hand how the grant is helping the Bergs increase efficiencies and grow their business.

Walker announced the Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 Initiative in 2012 to offer farmers options to increase profitability and make sure the state's milk production can meet the growing demand for dairy products in the marketplace. Recipients may use the grant funds for a variety of projects, including improved record-keeping, investigating reproductive issues, and increasing cow comfort. Other grants will be used to assist with farm transfers, manure handling, and grazing management. This is the third round of grant awards.

Farmers awarded the latest Dairy 30x20 grants:
•Brian Barlass, Janesville
•Tim Bowers, Marion
•Joe Bragger, Independence
•Glenn Breunig, Sauk City
•Bernard Byrne, Brooklyn
•Ryan Dunnum, Westby
•Randal Erickson, Bear Creek
•Jared Feltz, Stevens Point
•Jay Fitzgerald, Reedsville
•Wallace Franta, Spring Valley
•Michael Fremstad, Westby
•Michael Gough, Monroe
•Lonnie Holthaus, Fennimore
•Steven Horvat, Willard
•Gregg Jensen, Menomonie
•Chad Krzewina, Crivitz
•Thomas Levendoski, Clear Lake
•Sharon Mackiewicz, White Lake
•Ron Markley, Prairie du Sac
•Lloyd Meyer, Chilton
•Larry Meyer, Chilton
•Barry Midtling, Port Washington
•Daniel Miess, Dodgeville
•Nick Mlsna, Cashton
•Janeen Naedler, Granton
•Richard Navis, Cleveland
•Travis Paul, Fox Lake
•Chris Peterson, Cashton
•Jeffrey Pionek, Manitowoc
•Dennis Rank, Luxemburg
•John Reudinger, Van Dyne
•Mark Ryan, Fond du Lac
•Josh Salentine, Luxemburg
•Joe Sarbacker,Verona
•Brian Schaal, Burlington
•Leroy Schmitz, Fond du Lac
•Michael Straubhaar, Blue Mounds
•Tom Tranel, Cuba City
•David Travis, Sharon
•Tim Vosberg, Cuba City
•Danika Wehling, Westby
•Paul Wehrs, West Salem
•Andre Zellmer, Montello

To learn more about the Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 Initiative, visit GrowWisconsinDairy.wi.gov.  To access technical assistance or available resources throughout the year, dairy farmers should call the toll-free number at 855-WI DAIRY (855-943-2479) or email GrowWisconsinDairy@wi.gov.
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