Monday, December 09, 2013

Immigration vital to Wisconsin agriculture, farmers tell Baldwin

Wisconsin farmers, like all other farmers, know they need immigrants and immigration reform to keep their businesses running. And we need it to keep our food prices down.  - - Donna Poisl


 Immigration reform must ensure a supply of farm workers from other countries to help sustain Wisconsin agriculture, several farmers and ag representatives told U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Friday in La Crosse.

Immigration and reforming crop subsidies in the federal farm bill dominated discussion during a roundtable that the Wisconsin Democrat convened at Dairyland Power Cooperative.

Baldwin’s session with nearly 20 farmers, educators and officials in the ag industry came as a congressional conference committee wrestles with a new five-year farm bill. Negotiators are snagged over the House version, which would cut $40 billion from food stamps over 10 years, and restructuring subsidies.
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