November 15, 2019

 What's Inside:

- Floor Session

- AB 206

- Restoring Hope Podcast

-  CWD

- Local Events and Agency Updates


National Family Caregivers Month



Floor Session

The Wisconsin Assembly was in session again on Tuesday. My bills that appeared before the floor were AJR 96, which honored the life and public service of Daniel Berkos, and AB 206, also known as the growing opportunities act which I will discuss in the panel below.

Another noteworthy resolution was AJR 101, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Jaycee service organization. Since its inception, the Jaycees have had over 11 million members in the United States and 20 million worldwide. In fact, the Jaycees have expanded to over 5,000 local organizations and 123 nations.

If you would like to watch Tuesday's session, click this link.

AB 206

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On Tuesday, the  Wisconsin Assembly approved AB 206 (Growing Opportunities Act) , the hemp bill that I authored along with Representative Dave ConsidineSenator Patrick Testin, and Sen. Lena Taylor. In the first year of this program, 250 Wisconsin farmers received growing licenses. In year two that number has risen drastically, with 1400 Wisconsin farmers applying for growing licenses, and an additional 700 applying for processing licenses. With this bill, the hemp industry will continue to GROW in Wisconsin for years to come. The bill is now headed to the governor's office for signature.


Restoring Hope: Battling the Opioid Crisis

1653319-1555960058318-e807b3eaad685.jpgClick on the graphic above to listen Representative Nygren and Representative Plumer discuss the next package of Hope Agenda bills that aim to combat the Opioid Crisis.


 Capture.PNGThe Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies released an issue brief in anticipation of the upcoming gun deer season. Deer hunting in Wisconsin is a long-standing cultural touchstone, with more than 470,000 gun-deer hunting licenses sold in 2018. Hunting also creates significant economic activity, as hunters spend more than $1 billion on hunting each year, often in rural parts of the state. Whitetail deer are the most ecologically significant wild grazing animal in the state, with a population of approximately 1.5 million animals, impacting ecosystems, farm crops, and highway. The emergence of CWD, a neurological disorder fatal to deer, in the state’s herd has complicated questions surrounding the management of deer hunting. While there are no known cases of transmission of CWD from deer to humans, there are still concerns about human consumption of meat from infected deer.

If you would like to find out more about how to detect signs of CWD in deer, as well as more on the disease in general, click this link.

News and Notes
  • The 2019 Southern Wisconsin Veterans Convention is next Tuesday, November 19th at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison from 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
  • The Holiday Train chugs it’s way into Mauston on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 and will come to a safe stop where the track intersects Division Street near Tremont Street. The train will arrive promptly at 4:00pm.
  • The University of Wisconsin-Platteville in Richland Center will be hosting a Save, Fix, or Invest? seminar from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on December 10th. The seminar will feature Paul Dietman, and the topic of discussion will be on how to make financial decisions for your farms future. The seminar is free and open to everyone, lunch will be provided.

Department of Natural Resources

  • Still need your deer hunting license for the upcoming season? The Department of Natural Resources new Go Wild! website has made getting your license quick and easy. The website also has information on safety classes, harvest reporting, and a quick license renew options for boats, ATVs, UTVs, snowmobiles, or off-highway motorcycles. To access the Go Wild! website, click this link.

Department of Agriculture, Trade, & Consumer Protection

  • The Department of Agriculture wants to remind hunters as they make their way up north to not bring firewood with them, but rather buy local firewood once they arrive or to buy Department of Agriculture certified wood. Firewood can carry pests and diseases in the form of gypsy moth egg masses, emerald ash borer larvae and the fungus that causes oak wilt. It could even harbor pests and diseases we have not yet detected in Wisconsin.

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