Concerns on the family farm

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW)  A firm date is not set.  But, trade talks between the United States and China are set to resume in October.

In the meantime farmers are dealing with the effects of the trade war including tariffs.

Representative Ron Kind talking about the family farm situation in Wisconsin.

Congressman Ron Kind says he’s working to find a path to finalize the United States Mexico Canada Agreement.

That’s important, because Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden says those two countries are two of the biggest dairy importers.

Representative Kind says he’s also working to re-open export markets before they’re lost to other competitors moving in.

In the meantime, work continues on the Von Ruden farm.  Darin’s son Brett is in the process of taking over.  But for many farmers, continuing the family business is harder and harder to do.

Darin Von Ruden reviewing cows on his farm near Cashton, WI.

There are a number of reasons for the challenges.  But when asked what he’d like to see, Von Ruden says, “We certainly need to figure out a supply mechanism or an inventory management mechanism. . . something to make sure we’re producing enough for our own country’s needs plus a little bit extra but not wasting all those natural resources that we so vitally need and our grand kids need. . .”

 

 

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