Our great state of Wisconsin has a golden opportunity to save the
family dairy farm, create a new robust economy during the toughest times seen
since the "Great Depression", and actually live up to our state motto,
"Forward". It was the hard work of the greatest dairymen the world had ever
known that put Wisconsin on the map, and these proud dairymen earned the title
of "America's Dairyland" for Wisconsin by producing some of the worlds finest
dairy products. These generational ancestor's of proud Wisconsin dairymen can
lead Wisconsin out of some very dark economic times if only given a chance and
that would be with the decriminalization of raw milk.
Today a demand has grown in the marketplace for a truly artisanal
glass of fresh milk. "Something Special from Wisconsin". Maybe we could compare
this to the birth of all the micro-brewery's we have witnessed in Wisconsin.
Why? Because people from Wisconsin love their beer. Wisconsin is know for our
world class cheeses. We love our cheese here and the best cheese starts with the
best milk, from the best pastures, combined with the talents of the hard working
artisanal cheese makers. Well, we also love our milk in Wisconsin. We want to
truly enjoy the fruits of the dairyman's labor, and finally after all the many
years of farms going by the wayside you have the ability to stop this disaster
we in Wisconsin have been witnessing in the demise of the family farm. Imagine
new dairy farm's sprouting up across the landscape, imagine young couples
wanting to farm and raise their families in Wisconsin, imagine thriving local
economies, imagine Wisconsin moving "Forward".
Real food, real milk, real butter, and real hard work, but most
importantly are the memories of family being together. Needless to say many
families dairy farms have all gone by the wayside. Our families are not what
they were back then either. Just stop and think for a minute about what
Wisconsin was for us who grew up here. We want our heritage back. We want to
have a state that is Wisconsin, "America's Dairyland".