Rep. Kind unveils Farm Bill Priorities

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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

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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

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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

Farm bureau plans to meet with state Justice Department on CBD

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Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation officials plan to meet with the state Justice Department to discuss the agency’s stance that hemp farmers can’t produce CBD oil, even though Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill in November allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp. > AP News

EPA investigating possible groundwater contamination in central Wisconsin

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The U.S. EPA investigated potential groundwater contamination in central Wisconsin last week after longstanding complaints over the health impact farms may pose to drinking water, with EPA workers drilling wells in Juneau County near a large dairy farm to test for elevated levels of nitrates and other contamination. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin Dems slam SNAP cuts in House Farm Bill

Some Wisconsin Democrats are speaking out against a House Farm Bill provision that makes massive cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Drafted with zero input from Democrats, and passed out of committee with only GOP votes, the bill is expected to be debated on the floor later this month. > Wisconsin Radio Network