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Baldwin Calls on President Trump to Work with Agriculture
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/29/2017

One of Wisconsin's U.S. senators said she wants President Donald Trump to know that farmers in the Badger State have some concerns about how the Administration's policies on trade and immigration could impact the agricultural industry. In a letter to the president this week, Sen. Tammy Baldwin said the dairy industry in particular depends on trade and claims her constituents fear that discussions about tariffs and a construction of a border wall could jeopardize their relationships with Mexican trading partners.

"I have heard from farmers and the agriculture industry in Wisconsin regarding recent actions your Administration has taken and statements you have made," Baldwin wrote. "Many farmers are feeling a great deal of uncertainty this spring because of worries about the impact of your Administration's policies on the stability of their workforce and access to markets for their products in both Canada and Mexico. As you consider your agenda on immigration and trade policies, I want to share these concerns to ensure that Wisconsin farmers' voices are being heard and considered. Changes in Washington must work for farmers, not against them."

The Madison Democrat said Mexico is our largest buyer of U.S. dairy products; and Canada is also an important export market for Wisconsin dairy products. Baldwin adds that a recent change in Canadian dairy trading policy has cost Wisconsin companies tens of millions of dollars and she is urging Trump to address this issue in future trade discussions.

"The health of Wisconsin's rural economy rises and falls with the strength of our agriculture industry," the letter stated. "We must do everything we can to ensure our rural communities and farms make it through this challenging time for farmers and farm workers. It is of the utmost importance to the health of our rural towns that you consider the challenges and priorities of the agriculture community as you draft your policy agenda."

Sen. Baldwin noted in a media release on Tuesday that recent immigration policies have incited 'fear among immigrant workers and uncertainty in Wisconsin's rural economy.'

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