In a unanimous decision, the Wisconsin state Assembly voted in favor of legislation that would provide tax credits to dairy farmers looking to modernize or expand.

The proposal, which is headed for the state Senate, would authorize credits beginning in January 2004 and end in December 2009. Farmers could claim up to $50,000 in credits for constructing, improving or acquiring buildings or equipment for housing dairy cows, confinement, feeding, milk production and waste management.

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue estimates that 2,650 dairy farms would claim the credit, costing the state $5.7 million a year.

The Associated Press, St Paul Pioneer Press