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Gov. Evers proposes bills aimed to help Wisconsin farmers

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(WQOW)- Governor Tony Evers has called for a special session to take up $8.5 million in bills aimed to help Wisconsin farmers and rural communities.

The three-pronged plan would support farmers, agricultural industries and rural communities across Wisconsin.

The goal is to increase dairy exports to 20% of the nation's milk supply by 2024.

His executive order creates a blue-ribbon commission on rural prosperity.

A number of the bills create different grant programs to give small and medium-sized farms a leg up.

Evers also wants to increase staffing at UW Extension offices, and create a program to promote mental health services to farmers.

The proposals come at a time when Wisconsin is leading the nation in farm bankruptcies, with the state losing about two dairy farms every day.

"It's been a difficult four years really as Governor Evers highlighted and we really look forward to working with him and the legislature to work on both short and long-term solutions to bring new properties to farmers and rural communities," said Kara O'Connor, the government relations director for the Wisconsin Farmers Union.

Evers had called on the legislature to take up the proposals on Tuesday, but Republican Assembly Leader Robin Vos said lawmakers will not be voting on them next week and instead, the bills will be referred to committees so they can go through the regular legislative process.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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