Wisconsin ag leaders react to new Farm Bill


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

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

Dairy group uses behind-the-scenes influence with Walker to shift regulation of large livestock farms

Agriculture interests are working behind the scenes with the administration of Gov. Scott Walker as he mounts a major change in the way large livestock farms are regulated in Wisconsin. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rep. Kind unveils Farm Bill Priorities


Congress must pass a new Farm Bill as the current deal expires in September. After touring Servais Family Farm in Stoddard, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind unveiled his Farm Bill Priorities, which include crop insurance reforms, focus in organic farming and supporting dairy farms. > ABC 19 La Crosse

Wisconsin court clears way for large-scale dairy farm


The state Supreme Court removed a hurdle Tuesday for a large-scale dairy farm in central Wisconsin, ruling that the farmers’ right to use the land was locked in with their building permit application. The dairy sued when the town of Saratoga re-zoned the land due to resident concerns about manure runoff contaminating wells. > AP News

Kind-sponsored bill would create conservation programs to help protect farmland


U.S. Rep. Ron Kind recently co-sponsored the Improving Access to Farm Conservation Act, a bipartisan bill that would provide regulatory relief to farmers and ranchers that want to implement conservation programs administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). > Wisconsin State Farmer

DOJ reverses course on CBD oil

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AG Brad Schimel’s office now says it’s okay for authorized industrial hemp farmers to process it into cannabidiol, or CBD, oil. The stance represents a reversal from a DOJ memo sent last month that said only doctors and pharmacies can distribute the oil and people can possess it only with a doctor’s certification. > ABC 27 Madison