2013 Farm Outlook To Be Discussed On The West Side

February 1, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Rich Kremer

2013 Farm Outlook  to be Discussed on The West Side

The West Side will discuss the farm outlook for 2013 including the extension of the 2008 Farm Bill and its effect on farmers in western Wisconsin on Thursday, January 7 at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will be joined by Joe Bragger, a district director for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Kara Slaughter, government relations director for the Wisconsin Farmer’s Union, and Dr. Brenda Boetel, professor of agricultural studies at UW-River Falls. Guests will offer their perspectives on the farm bill extension and crop outlook for 2013. They will also share their opinions on how the extension will affect western Wisconsin farmers.

The January 1 farm bill extension is a topic of much debate. Controversial aspects of the legislation include a lack of change to current dairy policy, cuts to many smaller programs reliant on federal funding, and continued support for subsidies of commodity crops like corn, soy, and cotton. Guests will discuss the effect of the extension on local farmers as well as the outlook on crops this year after the 2012 drought.

The West Side is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin.  The show airs on Thursdays at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615.


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