RHINELANDER - Hardwood logging makes up as much as 10% of Wisconsin's agriculture exports, much of it sold to China.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) says small logging businesses are at the heart of rural economies in her district and the lack of market stability is one of the main reasons for Wisconsin's economic downturn.
Today (Tuesday), Baldwin sent a letter to Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue demanding that the hardwood industry no longer be overlooked in the ongoing trade war.
"I believe that Sonny Perdue and President Trump ought to allow them to receive some of the same type of trade relief that has been granted to other farmers," said Baldwin.
Baldwin added that hardwood logging is suffering not only in the short term, but in the long term as well.
China is turning to other sources, ending decade-long trade deals.
The USDA is expected to respond to Baldwin's letter in the near future.
She hopes they'll take action immediately to help loggers.
The complete version of Sen. Baldwin's letter can be found here: