MADISON – The Wisconsin State Senate today passed a bill that would allow more efficient transportation of milk and milk products in Wisconsin. Senate Bill 431, authored by Senator Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan)and Representative Tony Kurtz (R-Wonewoc),passed unanimously and would allow the creation of a Department of Transportation (DOT) permit to haul milk and whey from cheese making in semi-tractor trailers with six axles at 98,000 pounds.
This permit program would help address the ongoing shortage of truck drivers, increase efficiency for the industry and reduce overall road maintenance costs for taxpayers.
The following quote can be attributed to Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Kevin Krentz:
“The ongoing driver shortage is a tremendous challenge for dairy farmers and this proposal is truly a win-win for agriculture, consumers and taxpayers. These permits will allow the transport of the same amount of milk on fewer trips, using less fuel and causing less wear and tear on roads.
Wisconsin Farm Bureau greatly appreciates the bipartisan support of the State Senate and the efforts to address this issue by Senator Ballweg and Representative Kurtz, as well as the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association for spearheading this and partnering with us in advocating for this important piece of legislation.”