Retiring Wisconsin Senator Herbert Kohl recently visited an organic farming conference, pledging to support organic farming across the country in his final year in office.
With the presidential and congressional elections approaching, and given the controversies regarding Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his struggle against organized labor, Wisconsin’s upcoming senatorial election has taken national prominence. Herb Kohl, first elected in 1988, recently announced his retirement from office after the expiration of his current Senate term, leaving the seat open for the first time in 24 years.
In his final months in office, Kohl has promised to focus his attention on supporting organic farming. The organic movement, Kohl said, is good for the planet and good for the economy.
At the annual Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service conference, the nation’s largest organic farming conference, Kohl praised organic farmers, stating, “In my experience in the Senate, nothing has been more satisfying for me than to see the growth and development of organic farming. You can count on my everlasting support for what you do.”
As chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s appropriations subcommittee, Kohl has pledged to support conservation funding for the next budget, as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer