Sen. Tammy Baldwin talks dairy prices, tariffs with farmers in Cadott

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin held a roundtable at the family dairy farm of Les Danielson of Cadott Friday, discussing updates to the 2018 farm bill and hearing farmers’ concerns about low milk prices.

The Senate passed the bill Thursday on an 86-11 vote, renewing crop insurance and land conservation programs.

But locally, farmers were concerned about other legislation, including President Donald Trump’s recent tariffs on food products.

Baldwin, D-Wis., acknowledged the low milk prices, “added anxiety about the export market” and “threatened retaliation” of tariffs between America, Canada and Mexico.

Another predominant concern, farmers said, is large dairy operations buying up smaller farms, forcing family-owned or smaller businesses out of the picture.

Wisconsin Farmer’s Union president Darin Von Ruden called it a lack of “diversification.”

“We need to keep up that fight,” Von Ruden said.

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