Baldwin calls on Ag Secretary to help WI farmers

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WASHINGTON (WEAU)-- Senator Tammy Baldwin is calling on the new Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue, to help with the Wisconsin dairy farmers who were dropped by their milk buyer following a Canadian policy change.

About 75 farms in Wisconsin have been told by May 1st, milk processor Grassland Dairy will no longer buy their milk after Canada changed its dairy policies to favor domestic milk over a supply from the U.S.

Dan Smith, a state agriculture administrator, says 39 of 58 farms still need buyers but about half of those have leads.

Sen. Baldwin says she wants Perdue to help the farmers that still need a buyer.

"What I've called upon our very new U.S. Ag Secretary to do is to travel to Wisconsin at his earliest convenience and use the authorities he has to either purchase excess milk or make payments to keep these dairy producers whole until the longer term crisis can be resolved," said Sen. Tammy Baldwin, (D) Wisconsin.

Last week when visiting Wisconsin, President Trump vowed to help the farmers dropped by Grassland Dairy.

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