Wisconsin's agriculture industry plays
a large and vital role in the growth and prosperity of the
entire state. Wisconsin's status as "America's Dairyland,"
is central to our state's agriculture industry. Wisconsin's
dairy farmers produce approximately 23 billion pounds of milk
and 25 percent of the country's butter a year. But Wisconsin's
farmers produce much more than milk -- they also are national
leaders in the production of potatoes, ginseng, cranberries,
various processing vegetables, and many organic foods.
In the Senate, I am working to support Wisconsin’s farmers
and ensure them a level playing field in the marketplace.
I have launched a number of initiatives aimed at keeping Wisconsin’s
agriculture industry strong, including the Rural
Opportunities Act of 2007 to help sustain and strengthen
rural economies for the future and create more opportunities
in rural communities.