January 5, 2017 E-Update    

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Blue Books

The 2017-2018 Blue Books are in and signed. This year's feature story is, Women in the Wisconsin Legislature. If you would like to request a Blue Book from my office, please send me an email with your name and address.

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Upcoming Events:

Immunization Clinics

January 4th 11:00pm-3:30pm

Endeavor Civic Center

400 Church St.


January 8th and 22nd


Westfield Municipal Building

129 E. 3rd St


January 15th and 25th 8:30am-4:00pm

Marquette County Health & Human Services Bldg.

428 Underwood Ave, Montello

48th Annual Markesan Sno-Drifter's Snowmobile Ball
February 4th, 2017
Vandy's Lakeside Pub
N2811 Park Rd.
Markesan, WI 53946

Please email me if you have any upcoming events that you would like featured in this section.


Video Update from the Capitol

Hello and Happy New Year, Iím State Representative Joan Ballweg.

Now that the holidays are over, my focus is on the Assemblyís upcoming session dates.
A few bills that I am working on include:

  • My auto dealer surcharge bill, which will prohibit out-of-state car manufacturers from assessing a surcharge on vehicles when they sell them to Wisconsin dealers.

  • I am also working on a bill that will expand the Traja Act. This will make sure that if someone has a history of domestic violence outside of Wisconsin, they will receive additional sentencing in Wisconsin. Just because someone committed past crimes in another state, does not mean that we should not hold them accountable for their repeated actions of domestic violence.

  • In addition, as part of the Foster Forward package, I am working on a bill that provides parents legal representation earlier in the child protection process so they can better follow court orders, leading to higher rates of reunification.

Some other notable bills and initiatives you may hear about this session are:

  • The dark store bills, which will ensure that companies will contribute their fair share to the state tax rolls by further preventing a potential tax shift to small businesses and homeowners.

  • The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, which will be co-chaired by Sen. Olsen and Rep. Kitchens, with the goal of determining if changes could be made to better meet the needs of todayís students.

Continue to check back each week for more updates. Thanks for watching, and have a great Wisconsin week!

Wisconsin State Fair Century and Sesquicentennial Farm and Home Applications

Has your family owned a farm for 100 or 150 years? If so, help us celebrate Wisconsin's agricultural heritage and apply to be one of the 9,344 Century Farms and Homes in Wisconsin!

Applications for the prestigious 2018 Century and Sesquicentennial Farm and Home Award are now available at the Marquette County Register of Deeds' Office as well as at the UW Extension Office. To qualify for the award, families are required to provide proof of continuous ownership of a property in Wisconsin for either the last 100 or 150 years. All property owners will be honored at a special award program held on Tuesday, August 7 in conjunction with the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair. Honorees will receive complimentary fair admission, an invitation to the awards breakfast, a commemorative photo and certificate, and an outdoor display sign.

Applications must be postmarked by Thursday, March 1, 2018. Applications are not online and only one certificate may be issued per property. To request a copy of either application, stop in the Marquette County Register of Deeds' Office or the UW Extension Office, or write and request an application from one of the offices above.

2017 DATCP: A Year in Review

The agriculture industry and the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) had a busy 2017.

 Here are a few highlights from the department:

  • In August, Ben Brancel retired as the Secretary of DATCP. In November, Governor Walker appointed Senator Harsdorf to fill the position.

  • In April, some area Wisconsin dairy farmers lost their market. As a result, DATCP Farm Center staff were busy connecting farmers with processors who had the capacity to take on their milk. I was happy to assist constituents connect with the Farm Center.

  • DATCP worked to create new markets locally and internationally. $2.6 billion was exported in agricultural products to 144 countries during the first three quarters of 2017.

  • DATCP entered into a three-year cooperative agreement with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Peninsula Pride Farms to establish a Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farm Network.

  • The Alice in Dairyland program entered it's eighth decade with the 70th Alice in Dairyland being crowned in May. Adams County is hosting the 71st pageant and monthly events.

  • The Equifax breach hit in September and DATCP staff participated in online forums and provided resources for what to do if your identity may have been stolen.

The year ended with Wisconsin farmers receiving their 2017 Census of Agriculture in the mail. All farmers are encouraged to complete their Census to ensure decision makers have the most accurate information available when forming future budgets, services, program and policies. For more information on the Census, click here.

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