U.S. Senator Herb Kohl included $1,750,000 in funding for Wisconsin’s Chronic Wasting Disease eradication efforts as part of the FY2006 Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. Kohl is the ranking member of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, which approved the bill this week, and identified CWD eradication as a priority for funding. The funding level is an increase over last year, when Kohl secured $1,726,000 for Wisconsin’s efforts to fight CWD.

“Chronic Wasting Disease continues to pose a threat to our deer population and this funding will help offset some of the costs involved in preventing more infected deer,” Kohl said.

CWD continues to plague deer herds and the Wisconsin funding will be used to move herd owners toward radio frequency identification systems, offset sampling costs, and assist with depopulation expenses. The funding is part of $18.76 million included in the bill for national CWD eradication efforts. Last year, Kohl helped direct $20 million to the effort and the year before included $14.9 million in the federal budget. Prior to that, Kohl and Wisconsin Congressman David Obey included $17 million in emergency funds to combat CWD as part of the FY2002 Supplemental Appropriations Bill.