Wisconsin Cows Starved and Dairy Awaits Farm Bill Benefits

Wisconsin Cows Starved and Dairy Awaits Farm Bill Benefits

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I'm Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**A 19-year-old Wisconsin man is charged with intentionally starving cows on his family's farm.

Agweb.com reports prosecutors charged Joshua Litze with two counts of intentionally failing to provide food to animals, four counts of failing to timely dispose of animal carcasses and one count of bail jumping.

Deputies found cows with protruding bones and at least four carcasses.

Authorities say Litzke was supposed to be taking care of nearly 30 cows while his father was out of town.


**While the 2018 Farm Bill has been passed by Congress, dairy farmers are still waiting for the payoff it contains.

A key part of the farm bill is the Dairy Margin Coverage program with up to 5 times as much support for smaller dairies than the previous Margin Protection Program.

According to milkbusiness.com, a letter signed by 77 House members and 38 Senators from both sides of the aisle is pressuring USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to get going on DMC implementation.


**The U.S. trade team is back to work as their Chinese counterparts are planning on visiting Washington D.C. to continue talks.

Agweb.com reports, a delegation plans to visit U-S soil this week to continue trade conversations. This comes just days after U. S. negotiators visited Beijing in what Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tweeted about "constructive" trade talks.

The end goal to wrap up negotiations has been extended to the end of this month.


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