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When Wisconsin agricultural exports rise, farmers don't always gain


By Bonnie Shelton

EDGAR (WAOW)--According to Governor Jim Doyle, Wisconsin's agricultural exports are up 37 percent this year. However, those gains don't mean more profits for all local farmers.

At his farm in Edgar, Jim Krause is barely able to make ends meet. "If you don't break even it's rough to make it."

He said although international export opportunities are available, he can't make enough money to increase production. He said it's because the price paid for the milk his cows produce is too low.

"You can't just give the farmer nothing and expect him to produce."

In a press release, Governor Jim Doyle said exports of corn and other grains are up 118 percent. Jim's son Paul, a corn and soy bean farmer, said that since the yield was so good this year, exports and profits are up. That extra profit will allow him to upgrade his equipment.

But for his father, it's a different story.

"Right now, we can't break even and pay the bills."

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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