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Walker signs local lawmakers ag business tax bill
Shilling introduced bill, Nerison co-sponsored
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Gov. Scott Walker signed an agriculture bill April 17 at Cashton Farm Supply that ensures agriculture businesses investing in new technology and modern facilities will benefit from the sales and use tax exemption and encourages growth in Wisconsin’s $59 billion agriculture industry.

Senate Bill 448 clarifies the sales and use tax code or machines and equipment used in the agriculture industry. The exemption directly applies to fertilizer blending, feed milling, and holding building construction and repair equipment. Under the previous law, certain advanced equipment was deemed ineligible for the sales and use tax exemption. This bill ensures there is no tax disadvantage to updating equipment in agribusiness.

The bill was introduced in December by five senators, including state Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). It was co-sponsored by 14 legislators, including state Rep. Lee Nerison (R-Westby).

“Agriculture is one of Wisconsin’s premier industries, and I am proud of the advancements and innovations we’re seeing among agriculture businesses,” Walker said. “With this legislation, Wisconsin will continue to be a national leader in farming, supporting the use of new technology, as well as investments in new manufacturing equipment and building expansions. This law is another common-sense example of our ongoing effort to reform and update state regulations to encourage economic development and government effectiveness.”

Cashton Farm Supply (CFS) was established in 1984 and is focused on organic feed manufacturing and distribution.