VIDEO: Farm Bill Postponed Until September 2024

By Pat Kreitlow

December 5, 2023

There’s good news and bad news for Wisconsin farmers and consumers now that Congress has punted on writing a new Farm Bill until September 2024. While extending the current spending levels will provide certainty for planning next year’s crops, Congress also missed a chance to address how corporate middlemen are taking up more of the consumer’s food dollar and giving less of it to the families who grow those crops. Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden told UpNorthNews Radio more needs to be done to address the growing costs of non-farm activities like processing, transportation, storage, marketing, and market speculation. Many Republicans, meanwhile, are unhappy about the extension because they had been calling for $50 billion in cuts from farm conservation programs as part of a threat to force a government shutdown.

@upnorthnews There’s good news and bad news for Wisconsin farmers and consumers now that Congress has punted on writing a new Farm Bill until September 2024. While extending the current spending levels will provide certainty for planning next year’s crops, Congress also missed a chance to address how corporate middlemen are taking up more of the consumer’s food dollar and giving less of it to the families who grow those crops. Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden told UpNorthNews Radio more needs to be done to address the growing costs of non-farm activities like processing, transportation, storage, marketing, and market speculation. Many Republicans, meanwhile, are unhappy about the extension because they had been calling for $50 billion in cuts from farm conservation programs as part of a threat to force a government shutdown. #wisconsinfarmers #wisconsinnews #ruralwiscosnin #governmentshutdown ♬ original sound – UpNorthNews

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  • Pat Kreitlow

    The Founding Editor of UpNorthNews, Pat was a familiar presence on radio and TV stations in western Wisconsin before serving in the state Legislature. After a brief stint living in the Caribbean, Pat and wife returned to Chippewa Falls to be closer to their growing group of grandchildren. He now serves as UNN's chief political correspondent and host of UpNorthNews Radio, airing weekday mornings 6 a.m.-8 a.m on the Civic Media radio network and the UpNorthNews Facebook page.

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