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Sen. Johnson Launches Statewide Agriculture Coalition
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/26/2016

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson has put together a statewide coalition of farm groups, producers and small business owners that he hopes will advice him on agricultural issues affecting Wisconsin. The effort, known as 'Farmers for RonJon' was unveiled at the Steve and Sally Miller dairy farm in La Crosse on Friday. The incumbent lawmaker says the group will help mobilize the 'best-in-the-nation ground game' that he and fellow Wisconsin Republicans have built.

"I grew up working on a farm and helped build a company from the ground up, so I know firsthand how hard Wisconsin's farmers and others in our agriculture industry are working to grow our economy, create jobs, and feed our families," Sen. Johnson said. "That's why I'm working to get Washington out of their way and why I'm proud to have Wisconsin agriculture helping to mobilize our grassroots army in November."

The coalition includes a leadership team of 12. Johnson says the group will also help mobilize other leaders in the agriculture industry to join the movement.

"Senator Johnson has been a strong supporter of Wisconsin agriculture in our nation's capitol," said Wisconsin Farm Bureau Governmental Director Paul Zimmerman, who is one of the team leaders of Farmers for RonJon. "He understands the importance of agriculture to Wisconsin's economy. Farmers appreciate his efforts to open new markets, curb over-reaching federal regulations, and remove the wolf from the endangered species list."

Other leaders include Cody Heller of the Dairy Business Association, Austin Arndt from the Wisconsin Cattlemen's Association, and Bill Gnatzig of the Wisconsin Pork Association.

Johnson is facing Democrat challenger Russ Feingold, the former three-term Senator who Johnson ousted during the 2010 election.

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