Wisconsin State Budget votes:
Control of Aquatic Invasive Species in Inland Waters:
Wisconsin is at a critical juncture in the fight against aquatic invasive species (AIS). Many of our lakes and waterways are already choked with Eurasian Watermilfoil and other aquatic invaders, and new threats are appearing from several directions.The Wisconsin Department of Nartural Resources (DNR) already has some elements of a comprehensive AIS strategy in place, but funding for these efforts is woefully inadequate. The impact of this shortfall is felt by a wide range of parties, from lakefront property owners and others who enjoy our waterways to the many local businesses supported by fishing and tourism.
We can and must do more to prevent new aquatic invasive species from arriving, to contain those that are present, and to reduce the impact of those that are already established. Additional resources are only one part of the solution. In this proposal, we focus on a wider, regional approach within the state, on faster responses to invasives, and on ensuring improvements are maintained.
This proposal does not address needs for combating all types of invasive species, but insted focuses on the program and funding needs to deal with aquatic invasive species on our inland waters.www.wisconsinlakes.org/index.php/current-legislative-a-legal-issues/101-ais-budgetproposa
Laura Paine, Grazing and Organic Farming Specialist, DATCP gives update on GLCI Funding
5-10-13. Here is a report on the GLCI grant program prepared by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau in preparation for a Joint Finance hearing on May 15th. They’ve solicited information from me, as well as a number of other sources. I provided numbers they asked for on funding amounts, matching funds, and number of projects, etc. and they reference some of the information from our 2011 surveys of dairy and beef producers.
Next, click here to find a number of other items that they’ve developed these papers for as well as information on the meeting. The DATCP papers are at the end of the list.
For questions for Laura, contact her at
608-224-5120 (office) 608-516-4438 (cell) firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask our U.S. Senators to support 4 amendments to the Farm Bill -
Please support Sen. Jeff Merkely’s (D-Ore.) amendment to the Senate version of the 2013 Farm Bill to repeal the infamous Monsanto Protection Act. This company must not be above the law that protects citizen health and the environment.
Let Farmers Grow Industrial Hemp in the U.S. Again!
Farmers in Kentucky, Vermont, North Dakota and other states are seeking permission from the federal government to grow industrial hemp, a crop that the Obama administration treats like marijuana under the law. Hemp farming is more protective of the soil and water than corn and soybeans. We should not have to buy this from other countries. Please vote for Senator Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky) industrial hemp amendment to the Farm Bill.
Farm Bill Money for Hungry Kids
The Senate version of the farm bill proposes to cut $4.1 billion over 10 years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s largest domestic food aid program. Sen. Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY) has proposed an amendment to restore the $4.1 billion in cuts to foods stamps. The Gillibrand amendment takes the $4.1 billion from payments to crop insurance companies without reducing the insurance subsidies paid directly to farmers.
Please vote YES on Sen. Gillibrand’s amendment.
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) is introducing a Farm Bill amendment next week that aims to reinvigorate classical plant breeding and public cultivar development. Please support Sen. Tester’s amendment to reinvigorate classical plant breeding to ensure farmers have the seed they need to be successful. Developing regionally appropriate seed varieties held in the public domain is paramount to the success of U.S. agriculture.
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How to Contact your Representatives in Washington:
Town and Country RC&D serves over half the population of Wisconsin, and encompasses all or part of 5 of our 8 congressional districts.
Here is a link to a map of Wisconsin Congressional Districts
To save resources and avoid security concerns, email is the preferred way to contact your congressional representative, and directing that email to the proper aide will expedite your message. Below you will find a link to the individual web pages, and an email to the legislative aide who deals with RC&D appropriations.
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