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Create ‘blue-ribbon’ panel on agriculture, rural issues

“As governor, Tony will: Convene a blue-ribbon commission to advance agriculture and economic opportunities in rural Wisconsin.”

Editor’s note: In tracking this promises, we will start with the assumption that Gov. Evers wants a full report and practical results. We will monitor whether the panel meets, takes action, etc.

Subjects: Agriculture

Updates

No progress yet on agricultural board

While campaigning for governor, Tony Evers pledged to "convene a blue-ribbon commission to advance agriculture and economic opportunities in rural Wisconsin."

In the year since, rural Wisconsin has continued to struggle, with the U.S.-China trade war causing particular problems for farmers, especially the state's dairy industry. Farm loan delinquencies have hit record highs this year.

But Evers has yet to take action on this promised committee, which can be created by executive order and doesn't require approval from the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Keeping this promise would mean convening the committee, holding regular meetings and ultimately taking action or making a report. We haven't yet hit the starting line.

Evers spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff said to look for progress on this in the coming months.

For now, we rate this promise Stalled.

Sources:

Legislative Reference Bureau, interview and email exchange, Oct. 14-15, 2019

Reuters, Farm loan delinquencies surge in U.S. election battleground Wisconsin, Sept. 5, 2019

Email exchange and interview with Melissa Baldauff, spokeswoman for Gov. Tony Evers, Oct. 14-15, 2019