Wisconsin manufacturers, farmers and labor unions have much at stake with NAFTA negotiations

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Wisconsin manufacturers, farmers and labor unions are closely watching President Trump’s efforts to renegotiate NAFTA with Mexico and Canada. The U.S. has never tried to rewrite a major trade agreement, so analysts aren’t sure what will emerge from the talks, but many people in agriculture are concerned about losing what they have. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Let’s take a time out on factory farms

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From the Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network: “It’s time to put citizens’ rights before Gov.  Walker’s “open for business” mantra. Our rural communities and family farms are in the crosshairs of an expanding and increasingly powerful large-scale agricultural industry, and the harm CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) cause continues to mount across Wisconsin. > Cap Times

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

Rep. Kitchens: Polluted wells in Kewaunee County, elsewhere not getting attention they need

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Two years ago, a report concluded that one-third of Kewaunee County wells provided unsafe drinking water. Today it’s risen to sixty percent, and Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) admits there’s been a policy of “looking the other way,” likely out of a reluctance to restrict agriculture, which drives the area’s economy.  >  FOX 11, Green Bay