In his weekly radio address, Gov. Walker recaps his trade mission to China, touting it as a "bold step forward in strengthening economic relations with Wisconsin’s third largest export partner."
Walker notes an agreement for the purchase of Wisconsin ginseng and says he "was particularly impressed with the increased demand for products made by Wisconsin companies like Harley-Davidson and Ashley Furniture."
"The populations of key markets like Beijing and Shanghai are growing, and our opportunities are growing along with them," Walker says. "By building these relationships abroad, we are creating jobs and economic opportunities, right here at home."
Listen to Gov. Walker's full address.
Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink criticizes the impact of Gov. Scott Walker's proposed ag budget. Vruwink, D-Milladore, says that the state should "invest in programs that expand opportunities for Wisconsin’s farmers," but that the budget "does the opposite" -- ripping the proposed end of programs such as Buy Local Buy Wisconsin, Ag Development and Diversification Grants and the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative.
"In their place? Governor Walker wants to allow foreign purchase of Wisconsin’s fertile farmland," Vruwink says. "This would reverse more than 100 years of good policy and has no place in the budget. "