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WFU Leader Pleased with D.C. Lobbying Efforts
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/16/2019

Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden said he was happy with the turnout at the last week's congressional briefings in Washington, D.C. over dairy policy. The meetings drew lawmakers and legislative staff from offices across the United States to talk about the low markets in the dairy sector.

The meetings were spearheaded by the WFU through Dairy Together, a movement to rebuild a viable dairy economy for family farmers and rural communities.

"This is the next step toward policy reform that is necessary if we want a future for family dairy farms," Von Ruden said. "In the past year, Dairy Together has been organizing across the country with organizations and farmers joining the call for change, but now we need forward momentum on policy that will provide long-term sustainability. Farmers don't want government handouts, they want a system that provides market stability and a fair price for their products."

Other organizational sponsors included the California Dairy Campaign, California Farmers Union, Farm Aid, Michigan Farmers Union, Organization for Competitive Markets, Pennsylvania Farmers Union, National Dairy Producers Organization, National Farmers Union, and National Holstein Association.

Von Ruden says over the past four years, over 7,300 dairy farms have gone out of business in the U.S.

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