Agriculture

Wisconsin’s 8th District relies on agriculture to create jobs, grow the economy, and feed its citizens. I am committed to helping farmers and the agriculture industry in Northeast Wisconsin thrive. One of the most important piece of legislation that the 115th Congress will work on is reauthorizing the Farm Bill.  I will work diligently with my colleagues to make sure this bill works for the men and women in our proud agriculture industry.  

It is an honor to represent the hard working men and women who get up every day to help make Wisconsin America’s Dairyland.  Wisconsin is the second largest milk-producing state and is home to more dairy farms than any other in the nation.  Wisconsin’s roughly 9,500 family-owned dairy farms, totaling well over 1 million cows, produce roughly 14 percent of the U.S. milk supply each year.  These farmers are the lifeblood of our communities and the fresh milk they produce supports many jobs in the agricultural and food manufacturing sectors of our state.  

The dairy industry in Wisconsin and nationwide has faced significant struggles in recent years.  Our current trade challenges with Canada are particularly acute in Wisconsin, a major manufacturer of ultrafiltered milk, and our producers continue to struggle with labor costs and challenges.  Moreover, milk prices deteriorated significantly last year, causing dairy farmers added pain during an already challenging climate.  We must address these issues to ensure our farmers are being treated fairly in trade and have a functioning farm safety net.  

Co-sponsored Legislation:

  • H.R. 424 – Gray Wolf State Management Act
  • H.R. 1241 – American Food for American Schools Act
  • H.R. 848 – Farm Regulatory Certainty Act
  • H.R. 1454 – Future Logging Careers Act
  • H.R. 778 – DAIRY PRIDE Act
  • H.R. 2853 - Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act
  • H.R. 3402 - Fruit and Vegetable Access for Children Act
  • H.R. 4101 - School Milk Nutrition Act
  • H.R. 6417 - AG and Legal Workforce Act
     

Caucus Membership:

  • House Dairy Caucus
  • Cranberry Caucus

More on Agriculture

September 16, 2020 Press Release

Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Ron Kind (D-WI) today introduced the Dairy Pricing and Policy Commission Act of 2020, a bipartisan bill that would establish a commission to help address the problems facing Wisconsin farmers. The commission, which would involve stakeholders from across the dairy industry, would be tasked with evaluating the difficulties facing Wisconsin dairy farmers and recommending solutions needed to help strengthen the future of Wisconsin dairy.

September 3, 2020 Press Release
GREEN BAY, WI Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08) today led members of the Wisconsin delegation in calling on the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Sonny Perdue, and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Alex Azar, to reconsider dietary guidelines that prohibit full-fat dairy products from being included in federal programs, such as school lunch programs.
 
July 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08) last Friday led a letter to House and Senate leadership urging them to include funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Milk Donation Reimbursement Program in any future Coronavirus relief package. The letter, signed by Reps.

June 11, 2020 Press Release

GREEN BAY, WI — Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today applauded an announcement from the United States Department of Agriculture stating that Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) would receive a grant worth $24,897 to strengthen its existing agricultural education programs. The grant funding supports the purchase of equipment that will allow NWTC to incorporate hands-on simulation learning in their classroom, such as ways to operate a tractor and a combine.

December 20, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today issued the following statement after the House passed the USMCA in overwhelming bipartisan fashion by a vote of 385 to 41.

In an increasingly global economy, strong trade agreements are vital to Wisconsin farms and businesses. This agreement will be a substantial improvement over the status quo, and stands to support thousands of Wisconsin jobs, expand market access to Canadian and Mexican markets, particularly for our dairy farmers, and provide another jolt to an already strong economy.

September 6, 2019 Press Release

 

Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today joined farmers, agronomists, and conservationists for tours of Tauchen Harmony Valley and Erickson Dairy Farm as part of his annual Save the Bay Field Day. The Tauchen and Erickson farms are two of 10 farms that have partnered with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to demonstrate emerging best practices and new technologies that reduce costs and environmental impacts while improving soil health.

July 9, 2019 Press Release

June was National Dairy Month, and accordingly, Congressman Gallagher spent his weekends celebrating all things dairy at Breakfasts on the Farm across Northeast Wisconsin. Catch some highlights and behind the scenes action from his visits below.

Outagamie County

May 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Gallagher today released the following statement after the Trump administration agreed to lift steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico.

March 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Mike Gallagher this week sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to prioritize the implementation of dairy provisions included in the 2018 Farm Bill. Citing the continued loss of dairy farms and deficiencies of previous programs, the letter noted that the bill can provide much-needed assistance to dairy farmers.

March 29, 2019 Video

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Mike Gallagher this week testified before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to urge his colleagues to maintain at least $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in FY2020. His remarks as prepared for delivery are below.

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