Farm bill priorities discussed in Wisconsin

Farm bill priorities were discussed during a roundtable discussion Monday in Wisconsin. 

Many of the top farm bill priorities are familiar.  Nicole Wagner is with the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association. She tells Brownfield, “Protecting crop insurance, increasing MAP and FMD (Market Access Funding and Foreign Market Development) funding, making sure that conservation programs remain voluntary. Those are the top three.”

Amy Penterman is a recent past President of the Dairy Business Association. She says, “There’s a lot of issues, but we need to have farms for the future, so we need to make sure that we have a reliable workforce. We need to make sure that we have a market for our products. We need to make sure that we have a viable crop insurance program. We need to have a good nutrition program.”

Wisconsin Congressman Tom Tiffany tells Brownfield it’s important to get feedback as the farm bill is being crafted. “It was a really good roundtable, just to hear from people their general thoughts about where it’s headed and what their priorities are.”

Outside of the farm bill, much of the discussion focused on the need for ag labor and a year-round foreign labor solution.

The discussion was hosted by Northside Elevator in Loyal, Wisconsin Monday.

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