MADISON – Governor Scott Walker signed nine transportation bills into law this week that will benefit both the agriculture and freight hauling industries in our state.  The laws will make it easier to transport products and lower the cost of doing business.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) worked together on the proposals that eventually made it through the legislature and on to the Governor’s desk for signing.

For farmers and producers, the new laws make it easier to transport agricultural products like fruit, grain, vegetables and livestock.  It also helps producers ship more agricultural products to ports for international export.

“Wisconsin agriculture is a $59 billion industry that is part of our state’s heritage and future,” said DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel.  “By passing these ag-related transportation bills, our producers, processors and distributers will be able to move the state forward by allowing them to deliver our quality agricultural products more efficiently here and abroad.”

The new laws will lighten the bureaucratic burden in the permit process which will help freight haulers transport valuable goods around the state and into our state.

“Agriculture and transportation help form the foundation of Wisconsin’s economy,” said Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb.  “Agricultural products are among the top commodities moving through Wisconsin each year.” 

The resulting laws are another example of state agencies working together to help businesses in Wisconsin grow and create jobs.

“We’re very pleased to partner with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Legislature in advancing Governor Walker’s freight-friendly initiatives,” added Gottlieb.  “This new legislation will benefit farmers, haulers and our state’s overall economic well-being.”

“DATCP looks forward to continuing to work with the Department of Transportation, our lawmakers, and other state agencies to pass laws that are best for our farms, businesses, infrastructure and economy,” added Brancel.  “From our fruit and vegetables to our lumber and livestock feed, we have much to be proud of in Wisconsin agriculture.”

Governor Walker signed the bills at his Freight Industry Summit Wednesday in Appleton.

Source: Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection