Lawmakers Head to Farm

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., along with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., hosted a roundtable discussion with dairy farmers Friday at Danielson’s farm. A day earlier, the U.S. Senate voted 86-11 to approve an $867 billion farm bill, and the two senators wanted to tell the farmers about measures included in the legislation.

“I want to start with an acknowledgement of how tough times are right now,” Baldwin told the 20 farmers who attended the meeting. “You have the added anxiety of how reliable the exports are. These uncertainties add to an anxiety and stress on our dairy market.”

Merkley said the bill features funding for market access, support for rural housing and rural broadband access, along with an extra billion dollars budgeted for dairy.

“We are working together to make sure farming stays strong,” Merkley said.

Read more at the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.