Wisconsin farmers are in a crisis as prices within the farm economy have been below production costs for more than three years. Farm families are enduring bankruptcy, health issues, and even suicides as rural Wisconsin loses more than one dairy farm every day. Farm policies have encouraged overproduction which has resulted in financial stress to dairy farm families, causing many of them to have to exit the industry.
As Governor, Tony will:
- Convene a blue-ribbon commission to advance economic opportunities in rural Wisconsin
- Strengthen our UW-Extension system to offer support and market assistance to help farmers navigate brutal commodity markets. In the past, UW-Extension was key to building up agriculture in Wisconsin – they need to again be a part of finding solutions
- Work with governors and farm leaders in neighboring states to find regional solutions, led by farmers, to maintain a strong dairy economy