Brad Pfaff (D-Onalaska) and Representative Jill Billings (D-La Crosse) were joined by DATCP Secretary-designee Randy Romanski for a virtual Agriculture and Conservation Round Table yesterday evening.

The officials discussed the historic agriculture and conservation efforts in the biennial budget and heard questions from constituents on critical issues like clean water, broadband, and sustainability practices.

While discussing conservation efforts, Sen. Pfaff addressed the success of producer-led watersheds.

“I think it’s important that we always have funds that will go back and meet local needs, and that’s the investment that the producer led watersheds have, and why they make such a successful bipartisan program in our state.”

Responding to a question on broadband, Rep. Billings expressed optimism.

“We have bipartisan support for different packages of broadband…I think we’re going to finally get something across that finish line.”

To wrap up the event, Sec.-designee Romanski offered, “Agriculture is part of our past, it’s part of our present, and it’s part of our future, and we are really excited to see the investments that Governor Evers has proposed in his budget—because agriculture really is that bedrock of our state’s economy.”

Senator Pfaff will announce additional town halls in the coming days.

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