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The Dairy Business Association, Wisconsin’s leading dairy advocacy group, applauded action today by the state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance to boost agricultural research and increase international exports of dairy and other products.

The committee unanimously approved funding for two previously authorized programs. The University of Wisconsin will receive $2 million over the next two years for additional agricultural specialists, and $558,400 will go this year toward helping support a new initiative aimed at promoting agricultural exports. Both efforts originated with Republican lawmakers but gained bipartisan support.

“These programs represent significant investments in agriculture in Wisconsin,” DBA President Amy Penterman said. “Where state leaders decide to commit money points to priorities. Clearly, lawmakers who championed these efforts understand the significance of agriculture to our state’s farmers, food processors, affiliated businesses and rural communities.”

Penterman said the finance committee’s co-chairs — Sen. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, and Rep. Mark Born, R-Beaver Dam — deserve special recognition for their work to secure the funding. She also thanked lawmakers for bipartisan support.