Baldwin encourages Perdue to visit Wisconsin dairy farmers

Baldwin encourages Perdue to visit Wisconsin dairy farmers
Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has voted for President Donald Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary and encouraged him to help resolve an international dairy dispute hurting Wisconsin farmers.

Baldwin said Monday that one of Sonny Perdue’s first trips as U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary should be to Wisconsin.

Dozens of dairy farmers are losing a market for ultra-filtered milk due to a new Canadian trade policy taking effect May 1. New York dairy farmers face the same problem.

Baldwin says Perdue and the Trump administration should move quickly to make Canada rescind its policy and immediately help affected Wisconsin dairy farmers.

Wisconsin’s other U.S. senator, Republican Ron Johnson, also voted to confirm Perdue and urged him to take “swift action” to address Canada’s recent actions on dairy exports.