Wisconsin Veterans in Ag bill sails through Senate Ag Committee

A proposal to bring more veterans and their families into agricultural careers is moving through the Wisconsin legislature.

If the bipartisan bill is signed into law, it would require the state’s ag department to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to integrate veterans into agriculture careers and create a veteran farmer logotype.

Testin tells Brownfield Wisconsin’s bill is modeled after a successful West Virginia program that started 3 years ago.  “Since that program began in 2014, they’ve helped over 300 veterans.  They’ve created over 200 new businesses, and eight veterans have gone on record in saying that just because of the rigorous work that goes with a farm because it’s a 24-7 job, it actually prevented them from taking their lives.”

Testin says the bill is pro-agriculture, and it creates a logotype to help market veteran raised goods.  “So when you go to a store, produce market, farmer’s market and you see a label or sticker, a consumer will know that this is a veteran-made, veteran-grown item.”

The next step for the Veterans In Agriculture Bill is the Senate floor.  A companion bill is also ready for the full Assembly to consider.

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