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Governor Walker's priorities for Dairy Task Force 2.0

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Governor Walker's recently announced Dairy Task Force 2.0 aims to assist Wisconsin's struggling dairy farmers through a variety of recommendations.

In 1985 the UW System appointed the first Dairy Task Force, consisting of 31 industry stakeholders to create a report of over 75 recommendations to kick-start the industry.

Imitating the original collaboration, the current task force will analyze recent state programs to release updated options.

Governor Scott Walker provides insight into the state's support of dairy farmers in the past.

"We've lowered property taxes, we've dramatically reduced and almost eliminated the tax on production for agriculture, we changed the regulatory and legal climate, we've done all sorts of things to help our farmers but when prices are this low that's still a challenge," Governor Walker describes.

With those low milk prices, Walker looks for ways to make the Task Force most impactful.

"To me, one of the best things we could do is try and open up more markets around the world. That's part of the reason why I pushed the President and others to push on trade," Walker elaborates.

Walker is in the midst of a re-election campaign where 10 candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination. 

Three of those could make history as Mahlon Mitchell looks to become the first African-American to lead the state. Kathleen Vinehout, Kelda Roys, and Ramona Whiteaker hope to become the first women to lead Wisconsin.

MORE: Area Agriculture Professional's Thoughts on Dairy Task Force 2.0

Democratic Primary Candidates (Alphabetical)

  • Michele Doolan
  • Tony Evers, State Superintendent of Schools
  • Matt Flynn
  • Andy Gronik
  • Bob Harlow
  • Andrew Lust
  • Mike McCabe
  • Mahlon Mitchell
  • Kelda Roys, former state representative
  • Paul Soglin, Mayor of Madison
  • Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator
  • Dana Wachs, State Representative
  • Ramona Whiteaker

Republican Primary Candidates

  • Scott Walker, Incumbent
  • Ryan Cason
  • Robert Meyer

Libertarian Primary Candidates

  • Phillip Anderson

Green Party Primary Candidates

  • Nick De Leon
  • Michael White


  • Jefferson Carpenter
  • Robbie Hoffman
  • Timothy Jesse
  • Travis Swenby
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