On June 21, the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0 voted unanimously to adopt a final report including 51 recommendations for the state and Governor Tony Evers to consider implementing. Each of the recommendations aims to bolster Wisconsin’s dairy industry, and the collection highlights the need for additional investments in research, increased innovation, expanded market development, and strengthened connections across the industry. In addition to the compiled recommendations, the final report contains information about milk production, milk price volatility, and changing farm structure across the country.

Three bankers served on the 31-member task force, which included farmers, processors, and representatives of allied organizations: Michael DeLong, First Bank of Baldwin; Bradley Guse, BMO Harris Bank, Marshfield; and Rene Johnson, State Bank of Cross Plains, Evansville. These bankers dedicated their time and expertise to more than 45 in-person meetings and teleconferences, working intensively for nearly a year to help craft the task force’s recommendations.

DeLong, Guse, and Johnson

Pictured above (left to right): Johnson, Guse, and DeLong

DATCP and UW System established the Dairy Task Force 2.0 in June 2018 to enable stakeholders to come together to make recommendations on actions needed to maintain a viable and profitable dairy industry in our state.

In an article published on July 11, the Appleton Post Crescent said the task force's recommendations focused on long-term issues, and while the group's recommendations "won't fix all of the dairy industry's challenges... they should help put the industry in a stronger position to overcome its challenges."

Visit dairytaskforce.wi.gov to access the final report.