Baldwin secures major investment for Wisconsin dairy farmers

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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced last week that the bipartisan Senate budget agreement will include major investments to support the dairy industry that she helped secure, including more than $1 billion to give Wisconsin dairy farmers much-needed, immediate relief as they face difficult dairy market conditions. > ABC 9 Wausau

Vinehout: Farmers speak up for immigrants, safety, schools


Farmers traveled to Madison recently as part of the annual Ag Day at the Capitol, sharing their concerns with legislators. In particular, they voiced concerns about immigration and police actions, given that their livelihoods depend on developing and retaining devoted workers. > Cap Times

Rule to protect drinking water from manure proposed, but will face a fight


After two years of study and debate, Gov. Walker’s administration has proposed a rule that the state’s powerful dairy industry has criticized as going too far in restricting disposal of manure near vulnerable drinking water supplies, at the same time as environmentalists say it doesn’t go far enough. > Wisconsin State Journal

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