MADISON – Last week during a radio interview, John Gard ridiculed the Farm Bill and dismissed the benefits it provides to Wisconsin farmers as "silly spending,” proving just how out of touch he is with the hardworking families of northeast Wisconsin.During an interview on The Bill Sebastian Show on WHBY Radio on August 28, Gard made the comment, adding, "70 percent of the Farm Bill has got nothing to do with farming anymore."
"This is just another example of how woefully out of touch John Gard is with
In contrast, Congressman Steve Kagen is the only member of the Wisconsin Congressional delegation on the House Agriculture Committee and has fought tirelessly for provisions in the Farm Bill that help
· Provisions for schools to include locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables for lunches.
· A measure to increase the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program.
· The New Markets for Interstate Meat program to help small meat producers.
· Support for local agribusiness, agritourism and farmer’s markets.
· A pilot program featuring grants to make farms more energy independent.
All of these provisions were included by Congressman Kagen to help
The Farm Bill was called "strong bipartisan leadership" by a coalition of organizations including the Wisconsin Crop Production Association, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin Farmers Union and