Van Doren Attends USTR Farm and Ag Talks

Steven Kling of Kling Dairy Farms in Taylor, with Ken Van Doren.

Steven Kling of Kling Dairy Farms in Taylor, with Ken Van Doren on August 11th, 2014

VAN DOREN ATTENDS IMPORTANT FARM AND AG TALKS

MELROSE, WI: Today, incumbent Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI 3) and Ken Van Doren attended an Ag and Farm trade meeting. Other congressional candidates did not attend.

“We must be willing to do whatever it takes to help Wisconsinites, even if we sometimes disagree with the other side of the aisle. It is Wisconsin that matters, not the political games in Washington.” said Ken Van Doren, who is running against Ron Kind in November.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman was there to showcase the major contributions that Wisconsin makes to the United States economy through exporting.

In 2013, tens of thousands of jobs were supported by Wisconsin exports. Wisconsin is the second-largest exporter of dairy in the United States. And in 2012, Wisconsin exported $724 million worth of dairy products – 14% of all U.S. total dairy exports.

There was a roundtable with local farmers and agriculture community leaders to discuss how trade policy can unlock new opportunities for Wisconsin’s economy, including dairy farmers.

Ambassador Froman discussed how Wisconsin stands to gain from U.S. trade agenda, especially through unprecedented trade deals that are being negotiated with countries in the Asia-Pacific region and the European Union. We want our trade agenda to break down barriers to four of Wisconsin’s top export markets: Canada, Mexico, Japan, and the European Union.

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