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.
- 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
- House Dairy Caucus
- Cranberry Caucus
More on Agriculture
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.
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.