Family farms remain a hallmark of the western Wisconsin landscape and constitute the backbone of our economy. That is why I have spent my time in Congress fighting for the small farmers who carry on western Wisconsin's agricultural tradition. I have made promoting a sustainable farm economy a priority so that more men and women are able to keep their land in production, future generations of farmers will have the means necessary to enter the business, and we all will continue to be able to rely on and enjoy the abundant natural resources that make the 3rd District such a great place to live.
I have done this primarily through my efforts to reform the Farm Bill. Last year I led a major effort to change the current subsidy system that benefits a few of the largest and wealthiest producers at the expense of everyone else. I offered an amendment on the House floor that would have diverted money away from wealthy corporate farmers, while maintaining the vital farm safety net and improving it to benefit more farmers. This would have also resulted in dramatic budget savings that we could redirect to other pressing priorities such as conservation, healthy foods, and rural development.
I am always working to stay connected to Wisconsin agriculture, and there is little I enjoy more than traveling to farms throughout the region to hear directly from those working the land. Whether it's addressing the needs of organic farms as founder and co-chair of the Congressional Organics Caucus, or authoring legislation to help dairy farmers produce energy, I will continue to be a strong advocate in Washington for the needs of Wisconsin farm families.