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The information, policies, and/or content on this page are not funded by soybean checkoff dollars.

From the Dairyland to D.C. the Wisconsin Soybean Association along with the American Soybean Association works diligently to help ensure legislative and policy set forth is in the best interest of soybean growers.

The strongest voice to congressional leaders is farmer members. Your opinions and take action approach to legislative efforts are vital. Learn about the latest issues and resources impacting soybean production today.



State Issues

Funding for Ag Research and Science Centers Approved

Governor Scott Walker has announced plans for new University of Wisconsin buildings for dairy and meat science research. The Babcock Hall, Center for Dairy Research, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory renovations are expected to be completed by 2018.

“Our dairy and meat science industries will be able to remain on the cutting edge of research with these new buildings,” Governor Walker said. “The current buildings are not able to meet the research needs and accommodate the number of students interested in these fields. These renovations will allow more students the opportunity to be involved in top-of-the-field research for dairy and meat science.”

The Center for Dairy Research is the largest dairy research center in the United States. The Center provides research, technical support, and outreach for dairies, suppliers, regulatory agencies, and national and international dairy organizations. Originally established 25 years ago, the project will expand the building to allow for more research space, add environmentally controlled rooms, which are necessary when making different varieties of cheese, and add air handling equipment.

This will be the first renovation for Babcock Hall, which was originally built in 1948. The building project will expand the research facility to accommodate students who are forced onto waiting lists due to the current building size. Health code standards will also be brought up to meet current standards.

The project also includes a new laboratory for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Meat Science and Muscle Biology department. The new laboratory will help the department meet its goals to train the next generation of meat industry leaders, support innovative research, and provide ongoing outreach education.

Funding Available for Nutrient Management Farmer Education Training

Applications are now available for the Nutrient Management Farmer Education Grant Program, formerly known as MALWEG. The program awards grant funding to agencies and other organizations to train farmers in nutrient management principles and planning.

Applications are available at and are due by midnight Sunday, Sept. 16. Applications must be submitted electronically.
Grants will be awarded for programs in fall and winter of 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. One application will cover both periods. There are two grant categories:

  • Tier I grants fund projects that offer incentive payments to farmers for soil testing and other elements needed to complete a nutrient management plan. These grant projects also include workshops, on-farm visits, developing methods for farmers to measure their manure application rates, completion of a plan, and post-harvest on-farm consultations.
  • Tier II grants fund projects that educate farmers about soil testing and nutrient management without providing financial incentives.

About $137,400 is available for the first year and $175,000 for the second year. Eligible applicants include conservation districts; county, state and federal agricultural and natural resources agencies; colleges and universities; University of Wisconsin-Extension (UWEX); nonprofit organizations; and lake organizations and similar place-based groups.

Previously, UWEX received the funding from DATCP and administered the grants. Beginning with the 2014-15 grant year, DATCP will administer the program directly rather than through UWEX. DATCP encourages groups to apply to this grant program to help our state’s farmers better manage manure and fertilizer to improve profitability and meet program requirements associated with the farmland preservation program, manure storage permits, and local and state cost-share programs.

For more information about NMFE funding, contact Sara Walling at or 608-224-4501 or Kevan Klingberg at or 715-983-2240.

Elected Officials

The Wisconsin Soybean Association and American Soybean Association monitor state and national legislation that impacts growers. Take action and share your view point to our elected officials today.

State Legislators: 
Who are my legislators?

Contact your U.S. Congressional Representatives:
Congressman Paul Ryan
1233 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.3031

Congressman Mark Pocan
313 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.2906

Congressman Ron Kind
1502 LH Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. Office
1502 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202.225.5506

Congresswoman Gwen Moore
2245 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202. 225.4572

Congressman James F. Sensenbrenner
2449 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.5101

Congressman Thomas Petri
2462 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.2476

Congressman Sean P. Duffy
1208 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.3365

Congressman Reid Ribble
1513 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.5665

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson
386 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202. 224.5323

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin
1 Russell Courtyard W
W ashington, DC 20510
Phone: 202.224.5653

Governor Scott Walker
115 East Capitol
Madison, WI 53702
Phone: 608.266.1212

Who We Are

This is not a checkoff funded page. The information, policies, and/or content on this page are not funded by soybean checkoff dollars.

Wisconsin Soybean Association (WSA) 
Founded in 1972, the Wisconsin Soybean Association (WSA) is a grassroots, farmer-led, membership organization. Since the soybean checkoff is prohibited by law from lobbying, WSA works to ensure that sound policies are in place to enhance the future of soybean farming. We work on behalf of our 1,200 members to positively impact regulatory and legislative issues on a local, state and national level.

Mission Statement: 
The WSA is a progressive organization devoted to bringing together all persons interested in the production, marketing, distribution, and utilization of soybeans and soybean products.

Strategic goals:

  • To increase grassroots participation thereby increasing total association membership.
  • To communicate and inform our existing and prospective members on public policies regarding the Wisconsin soybean producer.
  • To promote the association’s visibility and increase its public relations thereby improving its image among policymakers and the general public.

Wisconsin Soybean Association
Board of Directors

Brad Kremer, Pittsville, 715.213.4586

Don Lutz, Scandinavia, 715.412.3686

Adam Steen, Burlington, 765.748.7790

Mike Bertram, Arlington, 608.576.7392

State Directors
John Simon, Oconomowoc, 920.253.0198
Dr. Shawn Conley, University of Wisconsin, 608.262.7975
Rochelle Schnadt, Lodi, 608.963.1759
Tony Mellenthin, Menomonie, 715.495.8284
Matt Karls, Hixton, 608.214.1129
Becky Heck, Barneveld, 715.450.1291
Eric Smith, Fremont, 920.843.2299

ASA Director Representatives
Brad Kremer, Pittsville, 715.213.4586
Don Lutz, Scandinavia, 715.412.3686

Executive Staff
Robert Karls, Executive Director

Lisa Schauer, Office Manager

4414 Regent St.
Madison, WI 53705
608.274.7522 Office
608.274.3996 Fax