STODDARD, Wis. (WXOW) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke stopped in Stoddard Thursday to talk about creating jobs in Wisconsin’s rural farming communities.
Burke toured Servais Dairy, a large organic farming operation. She discussed the challenges Wisconsin’s family farms face, and how they can succeed. Burke claims the state has lost 9,000 farms over the past five years, but that her “Invest in Success” plan will help farmers stay in business by focusing on modernization of equipment and creating opportunities for young farmers.
Family farms are businesses that help maintain rural families and communities according to Burke. She emphasized that farms are important to Wisconsin’s food processing industry and the state’s heritage and culture.
Burke said that the governor’s office could have a key role in job creation in the state, with rural economies playing a key part. She stated creating job opportunities in rural communities will allow young people to stay in their communities rather than moving to more populated areas which would help maintain the long term health of rural areas.
Governor Scott Walker's campaign issued a statement earlier on Thursday stating he's worked tirelessly to improve the state's agricultural economy through tax credits, grants, and new programs that allow Wisconsin farms to thrive.
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