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Wisconsin Joins Invasive Species Compact

Recently, Wisconsin became the newest member of the Interstate Pest Control Compact (IPCC). Membership enables Wisconsin to receive financial support to combat outbreaks and infestations of plant diseases that threaten agricultural or natural resources. IPCC works like an insurance fund, with member states paying an annual contribution, similar to an insurance premium. In existence since 1968, IPCC members include 38 states and Puerto Rico and has provided over $1 million in assistance. Wisconsin was previously precluded from joining since our enrollment was contingent on all neighboring states joining the Compact. 2009 Wisconsin Act 42 changed state law and allowed Wisconsin to join even though Iowa has not become part of the Compact.