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JFC Includes Ag Provisions in State Budget Bill
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/11/2017

The latest version of the 2017-19 biennial state budget is now heading to the Assembly and Senate for approval. In its latest draft, members of the Joint Finance Committee decided to eliminate the state's alternative minimum tax, allocate more aid to public schools and the University of Wisconsin System, and imposes new work and drug testing requirements on Medicaid recipients.

The $76 billion spending package also includes several agricultural-related provisions. One of the items include an additional $100,000 in annual spending for the livestock premises registration program, and a boost in funding for county land and water conservation staffing grants.

Lawmakers also approved a proposal to maintain the producer-led watershed protection grant program at $250,000 per year. And an additional $825,000 will be added annually for the soil and water resource management grant program for nutrient management planning.

Meanwhile, the department of natural resources would get an additional $400,000 to complete a hydrologic study in the Central Sands region of Wisconsin.

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