As Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education, Kathleen has been instrumental in protecting farm land in Wisconsin. She shepherded the Working Lands Initiative through the legislature and worked carefully to protect key funding for agriculture programs.
Kathleen was successful in increasing aid to county fairs, creating the Agricultural Education and Workforce Development Council, increasing funding for the Grazing (GLCI) Initiative, and protecting the Food Safety programs.
She sponsored the new Producer Security Act protecting farmers when companies that buy farm products go bankrupt. The new act also streamlined reporting, saving Wisconsin grain companies over $1 million.
Kathleen worked to protect Wisconsin honey farmers and consumers from fraudulent ‘honey trafficking’, adulterated products and mislabeling by sponsoring and passing the Wisconsin Honey Bill.
She was called “an invaluable friend to agriculture” by the president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau for her successful efforts to block changes in the definition of agricultural land for property tax purposes.
Thanks to Kathleen’s efforts a proposed new slaughter fee on animals was defeated. The fee would have had a significant negative impact on Gold ‘N Plump in Arcadia.