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Proposed Law Would Put More Wisconsin in Our Diet

January 4, 2007

A proposed state law would help put Wisconsin-grown food on your dinner table. The "Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin" initiative unveiled today would provide technical and financial help for farmers to get their food into local markets. State Senator Julie Lassa of Stevens Point is the author of the legislation; she says it's a small investment that would bring big bucks to rural communities.

"It's a wonderful opportunity to help small and mid-sized farmers. The economic impact that it can have on local communities and the state as a whole makes it a wise investment."

Jeanne Merrill with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute says the plan would help bring healthy farm produce to Wisconsin cities, and urban dollars to rural communities.

"The 'Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin' program will allow us to retain over $2 billion in Wisconsin communities by shifting that 10 percent of Wisconsin food expenditures to locally-produced foods. That's a great benefit."

The initiative would spend one million dollars over the next two years to provide farmers with technical and financial help in bringing their products to market, with a goal of helping Wisconsin farmers capture ten percent of the state's $20 billion in food spending.



Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WI