Wisconsin ag leaders react to new Farm Bill

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Wisconsin farm leaders celebrated Congress’s action on the 2018 Farm Bill this week. But most agriculture groups agree the bill won’t bring big changes for the state’s farming industry. Darin Von Ruden, president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union, called the bill the “status quo.” > Wisconsin Public Radio

Evers forms advisory panels to study prison system, science and agriculture

Gov.-elect Tony Evers has formed two advisory panels: one to guide him in changing Wisconsin’s corrections system and another to advise him on agriculture, energy and natural resources in a vow to “bring science back to decision-making”. > Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin State Journal

Walker, Evers on Wisconsin’s drinking water woes

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Drinking water hasn’t been a huge issue in the race for governor, but it’s everything for the people in Kewaunee County — the poster child for water quality concerns in Wisconsin. Democratic challenger Tony Evers says a lack of local input and DNR scientists are to blame. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin to hit highest loss of dairy farms since 2013

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Wisconsin is on pace for losing the most dairy farms this year since 2013. According to the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Wisconsin lost 47 dairy farms in August alone, and 429 since the start of the year. > FOX 11 Green Bay

For Wisconsin’s dairy farmers, tariffs could reshape the race for the Senate

Retaliatory tariffs on dairy may put dairy farmers in Wisconsin, a state won by Donald Trump in 2016, up for political grabs in this year’s midterm elections. > NPR

Wisconsin ag groups mixed on Trump aid for farmers caught in tariff battles

Wisconsin’s agricultural trade associations had a mixed reaction to President Donald Trump’s promise of $12 billion in aid for farmers impacted by his trade war with foreign countries. While there was appreciation for the funding, the groups say members want trade not aid. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Johnson, other GOP senators balk at Trump’s ‘welfare’ for farmers

Senate Republicans are criticizing plans by the Trump administration to provide $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers hit by the president’s escalating trade war. “They want trade, not aid,” Sen. Ron Johnson said of farmers caught in the middle. “This is becoming more and more like a Soviet-type of economy here.” > The Hill