Senator Tammy Baldwin visits MOSES Conference, says Wisconsin dairy is in crisis
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The 30 th annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference wrapped up its third and final day at the La Crosse Center Saturday.
Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin spoke during the keynote address on Friday.
She said she takes pride in Wisconsin’s place as the number one state in that nation for organic dairy farms.
However, she said Wisconsin’s dairy farms are struggling due to low milk prices and tariffs.
“I can’t overstate how bad of a crisis this is. In 2017 we lost over 500 dairy farms in the state, mostly small and medium sized dairy farms. Last year it was over 600. If you look at it, that constitutes about 15% of the dairy farms in the state of Wisconsin,” said Baldwin.
Baldwin said a program to help dairy farmers in the 2018 Farm Bill is showing promise. She says it won’t end the crisis, but it provides better risk management protection to dairy farmers.
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