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Wisconsin ag secretary says farmers are ready to meet consumer needs

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Wisconsin agriculture secretary Brad Pfaff (left) speaks to reporters alongside Rep. Ron Kind at farm event this week near Bangor

A new trade agreement between the U.S. and some foreign customers will give Wisconsin farmers more chances to sell their products.

That’s what the state’s new agriculture secretary, Brad Pfaff, is saying about trade negotiations.

Pfaff, a former staffer for Rep. Ron Kind, says many people are trying to start farms around Wisconsin, and his department offers ways to assist them.

Pfaff says the prices for farm goods from Wisconsin may not be as good as what farmers want, but those growers are eager to sell food and other products around the world.

Speaking at a farm roundtable this week near Bangor, Pfaff said a new budget proposed by Governor Tony Evers should help open up foreign markets.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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