Wisconsin Farm Bureau votes to “consider” possible dairy supply management

Wisconsin Farm Bureau members are not pushing for dairy supply management, but they are willing to consider it.

Paul Zimmerman with Wisconsin Farm Bureau tells Brownfield Monday’s lively floor discussion led to policy language that opens the door for possible changes.  “They adopted language that we’re willing to consider, where that way, our dairy committee, our board of directors, and membership themselves can look at what they want to have for the dairy industry going forward.”

The resolution calling for the development of a supply management system was amended to only “consider” it.

Jack Herricks from Monroe County wants supply management, but he’s not disappointed by the vote.  “We got it put onto our resolutions as part of our policy, and that was our objective.”

Travis Klinkner farms west of Viroqua, Wisconsin, and favors a farmer-run supply management system.  “I feel like if we can get the right people together, we can develop a supply management system that puts farmers in charge, working together and deciding what other farmers are going to get.  Let’s keep the government, with their hands out of it and we’ll take care of ourselves.”

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau wrapped up their 99th annual conference in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin with the Resolutions and Business meeting Monday.



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