State scores dairy trifecta — but Wisconsin farmers and residents don’t win


Among the “wins” Wisconsin officials count in the state dairy industry are increased milk production, a perfect string of new CAFO approvals (concentrated animal feeding operations, or “factory farms”), and a doubling of high-capacity wells. But a Kewaunee County Board supervisor asks the farmers if they call these wins. > The Cap Times

Immigrants put America’s Dairyland, Trump in rearview mirror


Some Wisconsin dairy farm owners are seeing workers pack up their families and move back to Mexico. One farm owner remarks it’s like “The Grapes of Wrath,” only this time, in reverse: The migrants are leaving a land abundant with economic opportunity for an uncertain future in their homeland. > La Crosse Tribune

Why Tammy Baldwin has declared war on almond milk


Plant-based beverages called milk are a major sore spot for dairy farmers in Wisconsin, where Trump swept up 70 percent of the rural vote. Baldwin has introduced a bill banning the nontraditional drinks from being labeled “milk” — one of several rural issues Baldwin and fellow Democratic senators have championed early and often this year. > Politico

Huff Post: Wisconsin shows us what a future with hobbled EPA could look like


With it looking like rural Kewaunee County’s enormous cow population is polluting private wells, residents are eager to solve a problem that’s been with them for years. The fact that they’re still waiting may warn about what’s to come if an already underfunded EPA gets hit with budget cuts from a hostile president. > HuffPost

Trump’s combative trade stance has farm country on red alert


A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Trump’s presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law. But last month, many of them struck a sour note after Trump signaled he was edging toward abandoning NAFTA. > Wisconsin State Journal

Explainer on Trump’s dairy war with Canada


This article lays out what happened, how NAFTA is involved, details about the U.S. dairy glut and why Canada doesn’t have one, and the elephant in the room of industrial dairy squeezing out smaller farms. > Modern Farmer

What renegotiating NAFTA could mean for Wisconsin dairy farmers


Since before President Trump took office, he’s promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. But some Wisconsin dairy farmers are worried last month’s cuts to milk contracts are an indication of what could happen in trade talks with Mexico and Canada.  >  Wisconsin Public Radio