Governor Walker serves up breakfast and talks to area farmers

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MANITOWOC COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - It's written on Wisconsin license plates. We're America's Dairyland.

But right now, farmers are struggling. This is partially because of our unpredictable, treacherous weather and changes to come in the form of trade agreements.

Governor Walker spent time with farmers at the Breakfast on the Farm in Mishicot. This is an event that brings out thousands to the area. The governor was serving up eggs and talking about the future with dairy farmers.

"People always in a good mood. They are always hungry. But, they are happy and more than happy to meet other folks, who care about the dairy industry and need some good Wisconsin food," said Governor Walker.

While people celebrated at the breakfast, impending tariffs loom over the minds of many area farmers. This is in response to President Trump's decision to impose duties on imports from other countries. Those other countries are now raising the price of many products made right here in Wisconsin like pork, apples, sweet corn, yogurt and cheese.

"The dairy economy has been challenging the past couple of years, especially this year. Especially the last couple of months. The dairy farms are struggling across Wisconsin, big farms, small farms. It's hard to make ends meet," said Dan Meyer, co-chair for Manitowoc Breakfast on the Farm.

But, the governor said he has hope for Wisconsin.

"Our farmers, as well as our manufacturers in other businesses, can compete with anyone in the world. If we are on a level playing field. I think the right answer is just no tariffs for anyone," said Walker.

Add the threat of Wisconsin's severe weather plaguing especially small farms. Farmers need good news or some of them fear, their farms will have to shut down.

"I hope in the next 6 months to a year, we find some prices that are profitable. It would be nice to make money in the dairy industry again," said Meyer.

Five days ago, the governor announced the creation of Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0, to help the struggling industry.

"A combination of things that the dairy industry announced last week. Something that was really the second version of something that happened when I was in high school in 1985 and that was a task force that on dairy farming in the state. Big and small, from producers to farmers, everyone combined. We want to continue to make it affordable with lower property and income taxes on our farmers. But, we know in the end, the biggest thing we can do to help is open up to more markets and that means cooperating with our folks across the nation," said Walker.