MADISON – The following statement can be attributed to Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Krentz:
“For many years our meat processors have struggled with attracting a sustainable workforce. Wisconsin Farm Bureau is pleased with today’s announcement from Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection of $5 million in meat talent development assistance to assist with this ongoing challenge.
Our organization’s policy is supportive of incentive programs to encourage students to pursue careers in meat processing and this funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act will do just that.
The meat processors in our state are an important part of our state’s agricultural economy. The financial support will support students in meat processing training programs, encourage program development and connect meat processors with potential employees which will give a much-needed boost to a critical part of our local food supply chain.”
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization with members of every farm size, commodity and management style.