Sen. Baldwin encouraged by Senate farm bill outline

A Wisconsin senator is encouraged by what is included in their farm bill outline.

Democrat Tammy Baldwin tells Brownfield her Dairy Business Innovation Act is part of Chair Debbie Stabenow’s outline. She says, “It’s something that really puts tools in the hands of farmers to add value or add efficiencies to improve their bottom line and it’s really essential that that gets reauthorized, and maybe at a higher dollar amount.”

Baldwin says there are other priorities that are likely to make the Senate version of the farm bill. “Farmer mental health and farm worker mental health and so reauthorizing the Farmers First Act, which is a bipartisan bill that I had with Joni Ernst of Iowa, and there’s another initiative that I would really like to have make it through the farm bill and that’s what we call the Healthy H2O Act.”

Baldwin says the Healthy H2O Act would help people with private wells test for contaminates including PFAS and cover some costs for filtration systems.

She’s optimistic the Senate will get a farm bill done this year. “We’re eager to see progress in committee and get it in a timely manner to the floor.”

Baldwin spoke to Brownfield during the USDA groundbreaking ceremony for a new dairy forage research center in Sauk City, Wisconsin Monday.

AUDIO: Senator Tammy Baldwin comments on the new USDA Dairy Forage Research Center that will be built near Sauk City, Wisconsin and an update on the farm bill in the Senate.

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