By Tim Kowols
Wisconsin farms are expected to make approximately six percent less money in 2018 than last year according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison report, and Wisconsin District 8 Rep. Mike Gallagher hopes elements of a new farm bill can provide much-needed aid. The primary focus is on a margin protection program, which farmers buy into to protect themselves from lower than expected milk and feed prices. Rep. Gallagher says the formula does not make sense and does not necessarily insure against a “rainy day.”
He also points out that the immigration debate also has an impact on area farmers.
According to the Farm Journal, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will likely weigh in on a new farm bill in April or May.