Ed McBroom, an Upper Peninsula dairy farmer and former State Representative for the 108th District has received Michigan Farm Bureau AgiPac’s Friend of Agriculture endorsement in his bid to be elected as a State Senator for the 38th District, which includes most of the Upper Peninsula.
Ed McBroom and his wife Sarah have 5 children. McBroom, 35 is the fourth generation on his family's 100-year old dairy farm, milking about 150 registered Holsteins with two Lely robots and grows corn, wheat, and hay on about 600 acres.
No stranger to Farm Bureau, McBroom represented young farmers across Michigan's Upper Peninsula on the State Young Farmer Committee and on the State Policy Development Committee. In 2010, he successfully ran for and served in the Michigan House of Representatives until being termed out at the end of 2016.
In his AgriPac survey responses, McBroom honed in on burdensome government regulations as a priority. “Significant reforms to state agencies - most notably making them listen to the will of the people through their elected representatives is one of the critical avenues towards fixing this problem,” he said. “Less invasive and wasteful agencies will make additional investment in infrastructure and education and/or return to the taxpayers possible.”
McBroom also took issue with management of state resources in addressing market access for Upper Peninsula agriculture and disease management.
“The continuing stalemate of bovine TB eradication in the Lower Peninsula continues to make beef and dairy less profitable than it should be as markets in Wisconsin remain restricted, harming current farmers, reducing land values, and hampering new entries into the beef industry on otherwise viable farmland,” McBroom said. “The state legislature should take aggressive action to determine the true direction of the TB program, set an aggressive schedule of dates and goals with a final goal of eradication and full state free status.”