MADISON – Governor Scott Walker traveled throughout the State of Wisconsin last month to attend Dairy Breakfasts for June Dairy Month. With roughly 8,500 dairy farms across the state providing nearly 80,000 jobs, the dairy industry is vital to Wisconsin’s economy, culture, and heritage.
“As America’s Dairyland, the state’s dairy industry is a part of our history, but more importantly it is part of our culture and identity,” said Governor Walker. “When you visit a Dairy Breakfast you have the opportunity to speak with the men and women who dedicate their lives to feeding and fueling our state and country—it was an honor to visit 10 breakfasts this month to thank our farmers and hear more about ways we can help the industry.”
Governor Walker attended the following dairy breakfasts:
- Jon and Tracy TePoel Organic Dairy Farm—Maple
- Carlson Family Farm—Peshtigo
- Bratz Dairy Farm—Franksville
- New Horizons Dairy—De Pere
- Waupaca County Dairy Breakfast—Weyauwega
- Creamery Creek Holsteins Farm—Bangor
- Bender Farm—Reedsburg
- Kersten Farm—Janesville
- Van Handel Farm—Freedom
- United Vision Dairy—Mishicot
Also in the month of June, Governor Walker proclaimed June 25 as Cheese Day and awarded a $500,000 state grant to Great Lakes Cheese Company in Wausau and a $200,000 state grant to the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Governor also announced the creation of the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0, which will enable stakeholders to come together to make recommendations on actions needed to maintain a viable and profitable dairy industry in Wisconsin.