Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Thursday announced 43 recipients of the Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30 x 20 grants at Lane Creek Dairy Farm, LLC in La Crosse.
The goal of Governor Walker's 30 x 20 initiative is to increase Wisconsin's milk output to 30 billion pounds by 2020. With the grant funds, farmers can invest in management, develop expansion plans, and transition their farms for the next generation.
Jeffery Berg, and his wife Jo, own Lane Creek Dairy Farm in La Crosse. Berg was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1989, but refused to allow the limitations caused by his disability to keep him from building his business for the next generation.
Lane Creek Dairy Farm was awarded Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30 x 20 grant in 2012. The Bergs used the funds to plan for new construction on the farm and installed a slatted floor with a manure pit under the free stall barn to collect waste. Governor Walker was able to see first-hand how the grant is helping the Bergs increase efficiencies and grow their business.