Wisconsin's Budget Process

Wisconsin operates on biennial budget, which means that the state budget typically includes information about how money will be spent for a two-year period. This period begins on July 1 of odd-numbered year, and ends on June 30 of the next odd-numbered year. For example, the 2019-21 budget runs from July 2019 through June 2021.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), through its Soil and Water Resource Management Program (SWRM) budget, provides every county conservation department in the state funding for staffing support. SWRM funds are essential to building capacity among county conservation departments in providing technical assistance to landowners, farmers, and community members.

Advocating for sufficient SWRM funding for county conservation staffing is a critically important role for both WI Land+Water and our members.

Our 2021-2023 Budget Priorities

Learn more about our priorities for the current budget cycle in this report, which further explains how the budget is developed, revised, and enacted.

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Want to Know More About the Budget Process?

Read about the budget process and timeline.

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