2017 Special Session
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
Veterans Farm Bill
Preliminary Draft - Not Ready For Introduction
May 4, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Testin,
Ringhand, Cowles, Feyen, Hansen,
Harsdorf, Olsen, L. Taylor, Vinehout, Wanggaard, Wirch and Erpenbach,
cosponsored by Representatives
Goyke, E. Brooks, Bernier, Bowen,
Anderson, Novak, Skowronski, Tranel, Sanfelippo, VanderMeer, Krug,
Schraa, Wichgers, Mursau, Ripp, Ott, Genrich, Kolste, Spiros, Pope,
Kerkman, Sargent, Kulp, Hebl, Vruwink, Tauchen, Petryk, Riemer,
Considine, Mason, Tittl, Subeck, Kremer, Katsma, Quinn, Summerfield,
Snyder, Crowley, Jagler, Thiesfeldt, Sinicki and Edming. Referred to
Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism.
1An Act to create
45.12 (2m) and 93.43 of the statutes; relating to: establishing
2a veteran farmer assistance and outreach program and creating a veteran
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer
Protection to create, in consultation with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the
Department of Military Affairs, and the federal Department of Agriculture, a
program that will integrate veterans into the field of agriculture and support
veterans currently working in agriculture. The bill provides that immediate family
members of a veteran who died in service, who is missing in action, or who died as
a result of a service-connected disability are eligible to participate in the program.
The bill also requires DVA, in consultation with DATCP, to create a logotype to
identify agricultural products produced by farmers who are certified by DVA as being
veterans or who are certified as being immediate family members of veterans who
died during service, are missing in action, or died as a result of a service-connected
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
45.12 (2m) of the statutes is created to read:
(a) The department shall certify each farmer who applies to the 3
department to use the logotype under par. (b) if the farmer is one of the following:
2. An immediate family member of veteran under s. 45.01 (12) (g) to (i).
(b) The department, in consultation with the department of agriculture, trade 7
and consumer protection shall design an official logotype appropriate for use on 8
agricultural products produced by persons certified under par. (a).
93.43 of the statutes is created to read:
1093.43 Veteran farmer assistance and outreach program; veteran
11farmer logotype. (1) Veteran farmer assistance and outreach program.
(a) The 12
department shall establish and implement a program to integrate veterans into the 13
field of agriculture and support veterans currently working in agriculture. The 14
department shall consult with the department of veterans affairs, the department 15
of military affairs, and the federal department of agriculture in creating the 16
program. The department shall consult with the department of corrections to 17
identify and assist formerly incarcerated veterans under the program.
(b) The program created under this section shall include assisting veterans in 19
rural and urban communities; providing employment, mentorship, and outreach 20
opportunities; facilitating education opportunities, including through the 21
University of Wisconsin System and the the technical college system; providing
advice, technical assistance, and training; connecting veterans with local, state, and 2
federal resources; and creating an Internet site relating to the program.
(c) An immediate family member of a veteran under. s. 45.01 (12) (g) to (i) shall 4
be eligible to participate in the program created under this section.
5(2) Veteran farmer logotype.
The department shall assist the department of 6
veterans affairs in designing a logotype under s. 45.12 (2m). The department shall 7
prohibit the use of the logotype by persons other than persons certified under s. 45.12 8
This act takes effect on the 90th after the day of publication.