As Governor of “America’s Dairyland” Scott Walker will wager a block of cheese on that our state’s sports teams will beat yours. But when it comes to actually supporting our home state agriculture industry Scott Walker is largely absent. In fact he’s pushed for massive, budget busting tax breaks for corporate mega-farms and to make it easier for foreign corporations to buy up massive tracts of family farmland.
Farmland in western Wisconsin would be hit particularly hard by changes to a new farmland preservation program in Gov. Scott Walker's proposed state budget, the leader of a state agriculture organization said...The farmland provision in the 2011-13 state budget would eliminate the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement, or PACE, program, which permanently leases development rights for farmland under pressure from development. The budget provision would wipe out $12 million, matched by funding from local governments or nonprofit land conservancies, that would be available for agricultural leases. The measure also would eliminate a conversion fee that penalizes landowners who rezone agricultural land and allow it to be developed. Eliminating the conversion fee would make it easier for developers to buy agricultural land and continue farming, while paying low taxes, until they are ready to rezone and develop that property, Schultz said.[Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, 03/27/2011]