Wisconsin farmers weigh in on Trump’s progress on rural issues


President Trump talked about trade, tax cuts and expanding broadband access during a speech at the American Farm Bureau convention this week in Nashville. But Wisconsin farmers disagree on whether the administration has done enough to address rural needs. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Farmers in Barron County pack meeting on how to grow hemp


Around 100 farmers interested in growing hemp as a cash crop gathered Wednesday in Barron County. Some say they’re considering planting test plots as early as next year, just months after lawmakers lifted a ban on the crop. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Withdrawing from NAFTA would hit Wisconsin hard


The message was clear from a panel of U. S. agricultural stakeholders and Wisconsin business representatives speaking in Milwaukee – the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) works in our state and the message needs to get out. > Wisconsin State Farmer

Walker signs bill legalizing hemp farming in Wisconsin


Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed a bill Thursday that allows Wisconsin farmers to grow industrial hemp. Republican Rep. Jesse Kremer, the measure’s sponsor in the legislature, where it passed unanimously, tweeted Thursday that the bill will make Wisconsin a leader in hemp production. His tweet included the hashtag “AmericasHempland.” > NBC 15 Madison

With legalization, Wisconsin could become ‘America’s Hempland’


Wisconsin has the potential to become America’s Hempland after Gov. Scott Walker signs a bill allowing the state’s farmers to grow industrial hemp, experts say. Ken Anderson, a hemp seed producer and hemp grain processor who lives in Prescott, said: “I think Wisconsin is going to show America how hemp is done.” > Wisconsin State Journal

Walker appoints Sen. Sheila Harsdorf as Ag, Consumer Protection chief


Gov. Scott Walker has tapped a career Republican lawmaker to head the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) has represented western Wisconsin’s 10th Senate District since 2001, and served in the Assembly from 1989 to 1999. > WSAU Radio, Wausau

Cap Times: Scott Walker threatens family farms and the environment


It should surprise no one that Walker’s big move regarding rural Wisconsin is an aim to transfer regulatory authority over factory farms from the DNR to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Anyone who knows anything about the environmental impact of factory farms will tell you that the DNR needs to maintain oversight. > Cap Times