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Dairy Innovation Hub

Dairy Innovation Hub

The Dairy Innovation Hub provides $8.8M in state funding in the 2019-2021 biennial budget for broadly-defined dairy research at UW–Madison, UW–Platteville and UW–River Falls.

The funding will support research personnel, farms and labs in four areas related to dairy that each span many academic disciplines:

  • Stewarding land and water resources
  • Enriching human health and nutrition
  • Ensuring animal health and welfare
  • Growing farm businesses and communities

On Thursday, November 7, the deans of the colleges of agriculture at UW–Madison, UW–Platteville and UW–River Falls formally launched the newly funded Dairy Innovation Hub with a conference call that included members of the initiative’s advisory council. The council is made up of representatives identified by each campus as well as the Dairy Business Association, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. Read more.

The Dairy Innovation Hub is based on legislation originally introduced by Senator Howard Marklein and Representative Travis Tranel on May 1, 2019 and the original Dairy Innovation Hub concept that was endorsed 27-1 by the Dairy Task Force 2.0 in Dec. 2018. The original legislation directed 52% of the funding to UW–Madison CALS and 24% each to UW–Platteville and UW–River Falls, home to UW System’s other agricultural programs. This represents a significant increase in state funding for agricultural research at each of the three campuses.

Legislative history

The Joint Finance Committee released the funds on October 2, 2019 with approval of the spending plan at a 13.10 hearing.

On August 1, 2019, the UW Board of Regents approved a spending plan.

Gov. Tony Evers mentioned funding for the Dairy Innovation hub in his July 3 veto message (page 17).

The Wisconsin Assembly passed the state budget, which included Joint Finance Committee funding for the Dairy Innovation Hub, on June 25 and the Wisconsin Senate passed the same budget on June 26.

On June 11, the Joint Finance Committee passed a motion including funding for the Dairy Innovation Hub (item #16). The motion provides $1,000,000 GPR in 2019-20 and $7,800,000 GPR in 2020-21 under the Joint Committee on Finance’s supplemental appropriation.

On May 10, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions voted in executive session on the Senate Bill 186, which passed out of committee by a vote of 9-0.

Assembly Bill 207, the companion to SB 186, was introduced on May 10, 2019 by Representatives Tranel, Summerfield, Tauchen, Zimmerman, Edming, Kerkman, Kitchens, Kulp, Kurtz, Murphy, Mursau, Novak, Oldenburg, Petryk, Plumer, Skowronski, Spiros, Thiesfeldt, Tusler and VanderMeer and cosponsored by Senators Marklein, Testin, Bernier, Darling, Feyen, Olsen and Petrowski.

A public hearing on SB 186 was held on May 1 in the state Senate Committee on Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions. Four CALS faculty members testified during the hearing.

On May 1, 2019, Senate Bill 186 was introduced by Senators Marklein, Testin, Bernier, Darling, Feyen, Olsen and Petrowski and cosponsored by Representatives Tranel, Summerfield, Tauchen, Zimmerman, Edming, Kerkman, Kitchens, Kulp, Kurtz, Murphy, Mursau, Novak, Oldenburg, Petryk, Plumer, Skowronski, Spiros, Thiesfeldt, Tusler, VanderMeer and Duchow

Support for the Dairy Innovation Hub

DATCP Secretary Pfaff’s statement on the completion of the state budget, including the Dairy Innovation Hub

Farm groups call on legislature, governor to pass Dairy Innovation Hub: State budget proposal includes $8.8 million for UW-led research

Statements on Joint Finance Committee approval of funding for the Dairy Innovation Hub.

Press release in support of Senate Bill 186 from farmer groups.

Dairy Innovation Hub in the media

Four Cubs hosts Madison guests
Burnett County Sentinel, 10/17/2019

Dairy Innovation Hub Funding
Mid-West Farm Report, 10/16/2019

3 UW schools launch innovation hub to help Wisconsin’s dairy industry
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/11/2019

UW Agriculture Leaders Tout New Funding For Dairy Innovation Hub
Wisconsin Public Radio, 10/10/2019

Finance panel approves dairy hub, suicide prevention hotline funding
Wisconsin Radio Network, 10/3/2019

Finance panel approves dairy hub, suicide prevention funding
USAgNet, 10/3/2019

Sen. Patrick Testin editorial: Budget has positive impact on rural Wisconsin
The Tomah Journal, 8/14/2019

Dairy Task Force releases report of more than 50 recommendations
Spectrum News | Madison, 7/9/2019

Dairy Task Force 2.0: Group lays out a path to a stronger Wisconsin dairy industry
Post Crescent, 7/11/2019

New state budget supports research, on-farm water quality efforts
Wisconsin State Farmer, 7/8/2019

Wisconsin Agriculture Reacts Favorably to New State Budget
Wisconsin Ag Connection, 7/7/2019

Opinion by Tom Crave ’78: Wisconsin state budget good for dairy
Agri-View, 7/9/2019

Wisconsin Approves Dairy Innovation Hub
Dairy Agenda Today, 7/5/2019

Editorial board: Dairy Innovation Hub should stay in state budget
Wisconsin State Journal, 6/27/2019

State budget increases funds for rural areas
Spooner Advocate, 6/27/2019

Editorial: The State Budget protects taxpayers
Reedsburg Times-Press, 6/26/2019

Sen. Howard Marklein: Legislature’s budget invests in rural Wisconsin
Capitol Times, 6/27/2019

Senate Sends State Budget Bill to Gov. Evers
USAgNet, 6/27/2019

Groups Stand United In Support
Wisconsin Farm Report, 6/26/2019

Opinion: Accepting Medicaid funds could help struggling farmers
Wisconsin State Farmer, 6/24/2019

Dairy task force member urges support for Dairy Innovation Hub
Hoard’s Dairyman, 6/24/2019

Opinion by Kevin Krentz ’92: Wisconsin dairy farmers need innovation
Wisconsin State Farmer, 6/17/2019

Funding for Dairy Innovation Hub clears major hurdle, still needs final approvals
Spectrum News, 6/14/2019

Wisconsin budget committee signs off on new dairy hub
The Country Today, 6/12/2019

Wisconsin budget committee signs off on new dairy hub, nixes fee increases for large-scale farms
Wisconsin State Journal, 6/11/2019

Farm groups see Dairy Innovation Hub as vital to future
The Waterloo Courier, 6/6/2019

‘We must act now’: Wisconsin is losing dairy farms at an alarming rate
TMJ4, 6/4/2019

Dean: Dairy Innovation Hub could increase capacity for research
The Country Today, 6/3/2019

Midwest Farm Weekly interview: Proposal to create Dairy Innovation Hub in Wisconsin
WFRV, 5/16/2019

WI Agricultural Loan Restructures Up; Wisconsin Bankers Association’s Ag Bankers Report on WI Ag Lending
Star Tribune, 5/16/2019

Capital City Sunday interview with Sen. Howard Marklein and Mitch Breunig (third video on page)
WKOW, 5/12/2019

Legislation would pour millions into dairy research
Wisconsin State Journal, 5/12/2019

Task-force member eyes research future
Agri-View, 5/10/2019

Secretary Pfaff recognizes innovation as way forward
Farm Report, 5/8/2019

Wisconsin farm groups seek Dairy Innovation Hub
Progressive Dairyman, 5/8/2019

Hub of innovation for dairy proposed by legislators
Wisconsin State Farmer, 5/7/2019

Dairy Innovation Hub vital to future
Dairy Business News, 5/7/2019

Dairy Innovation Hub Proposal
Wisconsin Farm Report, 5/3/2019

Bills to Watch: Dairy Innovation Hub, Gas-tax Sticker
Door County Pulse, 5/2/2019

Plan would create dairy innovation hub on UW campuses
WQOW TV, 5/2/2019

WisBusiness.com: Farm groups supporting new Dairy Innovation Hub bill
WisBusiness.com, 5/2/2019

GOP legislators propose UW dairy hub
Associated Press, 5/1/2019
 

GOP Legislators Propose UW Dairy Innovation Hub
Wisconsin Public Radio, 5/1/2019
  

Legislators propose new UW dairy centers to boost industry
The Badger Herald, 5/1/2019
 

Dairy Innovation Hub Proposal
Wisconsin Farm Report, 5/3/2019
 

Wisconsin lawmakers introduce Dairy Innovation Hub proposal
Brownfield Ag News, 5/1/2019

News conference: Establishing a dairy innovation hub
WisconsinEye, 5/1/2019

Plan would create Dairy Innovation Hub on UW campuses
WKOW 27, 4/30/2019

Op-ed: Now is the time to invest in research for our dairy future