Future of family farms discussed during ‘Community Conversations’ event in La Crosse

Wisconsin had highest number of farm bankruptcies in year ending September 2019

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The future of farming in Wisconsin is the focus of a discussion today in La Crosse.

Wisconsin has long been known as ‘America’s Dairyland’.

But according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, Wisconsin led the country in farm bankruptcies.

That was during the 12 month period ending in September of 2019.

The Community Conversations event was held at English Lutheran Church in La Crosse.

Members agricultural community discussed the future of family farming in the state.

The impact of climate change, immigration policy, and global trade were a part of the discussion.

The hope is that brighter days are ahead.

“Maybe now that we get first phase signing with President Trump and China dealings, maybe we’re on the way to seeing some positive recovery again too,” said Anne Marie Elwing, doctor of veterinarian medicine.

Agriculture provides about 435,000 jobs annually in Wisconsin.

That’s according to the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

That’s just under 12% of the state’s employment force.