Now's not the time for tears. We've all heard of the continual loss of our family farms over the decades. For the past three years, western Wisconsin has recorded the highest number of dairy farm bankruptcies in the nation. People losing their livelihoods. Traditions and generations of good, hard-working people being cast aside. Members of our own communities and classmates of our children having their lives uprooted and why?

"How awful!" so many have lamented and done nothing. The rest of us citizens have been silent and not demanded that our elected legislators develop the political will to actually do something about it. Instead, policies and laws have allowed large, conglomerate agricultural operations and supply chains to smother the smaller dairy farms to near extinction.

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