BANGOR, Wis. — Bankruptcies and other financial problems for Wisconsin farmers might be avoided by opening up more trade with foreign countries.
Promoting farm exports is the goal of a campaign called Farmers for Free Trade, which brought farm experts together at a Bangor dairy Tuesday for a discussion of future needs.
Jim Mulhern, the president of the National Milk Producers Federation, said neighboring countries want American farm goods.
According to Mulhern, Mexico “is the No. 1 market for U.S. dairy, because we have duty-free access and that shows you what a trade agreement can do for industry. “
La Crosse Congressman Ron Kind took part in the trade discussion. He said increased exports could keep Wisconsin’s farm economy healthy.
“I think it is important for us to be out negotiating trade agreements that elevate standards to our level,” Kind said, “so that our farmers, our manufacturers, our workers can successfully compete in the global market.”
At the Creamery Creek Holstein farm, Kind said that trading partners, like Mexico and China, could retaliate if Washington imposes too many tariffs on imported products.