Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to begin implementing parts of the 2018 Farm Bill that could help dairy farmers in Door and Kewaunee Counties. Improving the Dairy Margin Coverage program, which compensates eligible farmers if milk prices dipped below certain levels, was one of the key goals of the bill. Earlier this month, Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a bipartisan group of senators to request the United States Department of Agriculture "to invest in outreach, training, coordination with partner organizations, and staffing to ensure that every eligible farmer receives personalized information about the new and improved options." Those sentiments were also echoed in the House where Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher says the implementation of the reforms are not moving quick enough, especially since farmers buy into the program.
Wisconsin led the country in farm bankruptcies for a third straight year with 47 according to the Wisconsin State Journal.