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Legislation – Wisconsin

Apr 12, 2011 - Raw Milk Day at Wisconsin Capitol Apr 13 - Supporters of raw milk and the Raw Milk Bill currently circulating in the Legislature are encouraged to participate in Raw Milk Day on Wednesday...more

Apr 1, 2011 - Action Alert: Raw Milk Bill Update - Call your Senators and Legislators, urge them to co-sponsor the raw milk bill, LRB 0306/2 (Senate) and LRB 1531/1 (Assembly), allowing the...more

Feb 16, 2011 - Wisconsin Raw Milk Association Formed - Dedicated to uphold the right of consumers to obtain raw milk and raw milk products, the...more

UPDATES for 2010:

May 25, 2010 - Wisconsin Raw Milk Update - Despite passing by wide margins in the Wisconsin Legislature, on May 19 Governor Jim Doyle vetoed Senate bill 434, a bill that would have...more

Faces of the Farmers  - View videos of Wisconsin farm families the Fund is representing.

Feb 10, 2010How DATCP Denies Consumer Rights - Wisconsin is at the center of a growing battle over freedom of food choice and the right to have access to raw milk.  In the past five months...more

Wisconsin Public Radio Raw Milk Debate - Listen to this excellent debate featuring Mark McAfee

Wisconsin Raw Milk bill vote to be held March 30 by Assembly Committee on Rural Economic Development, call the committee members now to ask them to vote in favor of AB 628. 

Mar 25, 2010 - WI Assembly Committee Vote - The raw milk bill is moving forward, but we need your help to keep it going!  On March 16, the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education unanimously approved an amended version of...more

Click here to read the Legislative Amendment Memo for SB 434-March 23


Senate Committee on Judiciary
Joint Committee on Agriculture and Rural Economic Development
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Wisconsin Eye

Testimony - Economic Impact of Raw Milk Sales by Janice Blair

Testimony - Raw Milk Benefits & Working Group - by Ted Beals, M.D.

Testimony - Personal Raw Milk Healing & Nutrient Dense Diet by Kathryn Pirtle

Testimony - Debunking Raw Milk Myths by Emily Matthews

View Pictures of the Joint Hearing

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Announcement:  December 21, 2009 - Raw Milk Rally before Court Trial in Viroqua
A full day of events is planned for Monday, December 21 in Viroqua, Wisconsin as Max Kane goes to court.  The rally will be held from 9:30 to 10:25 a.m. at the Viroqua, Wisconsin Courthouse [click here for directions].  Court proceedings for Max Kane of Belle's Lunchbox Private Club are to begin at 10:30 a.m. as the Attorney General on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) seeks a declaratory judgment requiring Kane to comply with DATCP's subpoena and request for documents; Kane is challenging DATCP's claim to jurisdiction over the club's activities.

From 12:30 to 6 p.m. a FREE Lecture/Workshop will be held at the Landmark Center (500 East Jefferson Street, Viroqua - second floor auditorium) featuring as guest speakers:  Mark McAfee, David Gumpert, Michael Badnarik, Kathryne Pirtle, Michael Schmidt, Rob Taylor, Mark Kastel, Kristin Canty, Anne Marie Michaels, Tim Wightman and more to speal about raw milk health, freedom and food sovereignty!

Watch this video and spread the word!

Update: December 8, 2009  Raw Milk Bill Introduced in Wisconsin
State Representative Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau) and State Senator Pat Kreitlow (D-Chippewa Falls) have introduced a bill that would legalize the on-farm sale of raw milk and raw milk products in Wisconsin.  Under the bill, any milk producer who has a Grade A dairy farm permit shall be issued a permit by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) upon the  producer's request.  Specifically, a milk producer may sell raw milk, buttermilk, butter and cream directly to a consumer on the producer's farm if all of the following requirements are met:  More...

Update: November 8, 2009 Scott Trautman, Fund Member and Dane County Dairy Farmer Dumps Raw Milk in Capitol in Protest


Status Quo:   Wisconsin law states that, "no person may sell or distribute any milk or fluid milk products which are not Grade A milk or Grade A milk products to consumers, or to any restaurant, institution or retailer for consumption or resale to consumers. Grade A milk and Grade A milk products shall be effectively pasteurized.. "The law does provide an exception to the ban on raw milk consumption for "incidental sales of milk directly to consumers at the dairy farm where the milk is produced. "The administrative regulation for the State Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) states that the "incidental sales" exemption "shall not apply to sales which are regularly made in the course of business or are preceded by any advertising, offer to or solicitation of members of the public, but shall include any sales to employees or persons shipping milk to the dairy plant' More from and updates.

Bill Sponsors: State Rep. Chris Danou, D-Trempealeau, and State Sen. Pat Kreitlow, D-Chippewa Falls 

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March 25, 2010 - WI Assembly Committee Vote


December 8, 2009 - Raw Milk Bill Introduced in Wisconsin

September 22, 2009 - Bias and Inaccuracies in Wisconsin Reports on Raw Milk Illness

August 31, 2009 -

Press & Posts:

April 16, 2010 - Wisconsin Senate approves limited raw milk sales - BusinessWeek

April 15, 2010 - Wis. committee approves raw milk bill - Associated Press

April 13, 2010 - Danou says raw milk risk 'localized and small' -

April 12, 2010 - Hundreds gather in Madison to promote raw milk sales - Milwaukee WI Journal Sentinel

March 7, 2010 - Raw review: Raw milk public hearing to be in Eau Claire - The Country Today

January 12, 2010 - DATCP: Nilsestuen appoints panel to consider raw milk issue -

December 22, 2009 - Raw milk business controversy -

December 22, 2009 - Judge: Raw milk advocate must comply with subpoena - LaCrosse Tribune

December 21, 2009 - Local Food Movement Thrives Thanks to Entrepreneurship -

December 21, 2009 - Legal Education of Max Kane: He Loses Court Case, Is Threatened with Jail, But Could Get Re-Do; On Lykke - The Complete Patient Blog

December 21, 2009 - Raw milk advocate ordered to give deposition as supporters rally outside -

December 20, 2009 - One man's fight over raw milk to boil over in court Monday - LaCrosse Tribune

December 14, 2009 - Are WI Farmers Getting a Raw Deal on Raw Milk? 

December 10, 2009 - Raw Milk Dangers are Overstated - Wisconsin State Journal

December 8, 2009 -  The Protectors: How DATCP Toys with Wisconsin’s Dairy Farmers Who Dare Sell Raw Milk  - The Complete Patient Blog

December 6, 2009 - Raw milk all right? -  Wisconsin State Journal

December 5, 2009 - Wisconsin Becomes Ground Zero in Raw Milk War, with Legislative and Resistance Maneuvering  - The Complete Patient Blog

December 5, 2009 - The History of Raw Milk - Wisconsin State Journal  

December 1, 2009 - Raw milk sales bill proposed - Wisconsin Radio Network

November 23, 2009 -  In Cahoots: A Squeaky Clean WI Dairy Processor Worries How Regulators Are Reining in Raw Milk Producers  - The Complete Patient Blog