Minnesota dairies keep Wisconsin buyer after all

Frederick Owens
April 30, 2017

- A dairy group says most of Wisconsin's 58 dairy farms desperately looking for new milk buyers before a Monday deadline have found them. The outlook also examined the three most recent month's commercial disappearance data, reporting that December through February saw year-over-year domestic commercial disappearance (adjusted for leap year) decline 8.7 percent for butter, 9.6 percent for nonfat dry milk (NDM) and 15.8 percent for dry whey, but was about the same for cheese.

Senn said some farmers near Watertown still had found no buyer for their milk. "We're going to get together and we're going to call Canada and we're going to say what happened, and they might give us an answer - but we're going to get a solution, not just the answer".

According to The Associated Press, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced Grassland would buy the farmers' milk and sell it to Agropur, a Canadian dairy company with a USA division located in Saint Paul.

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Discover Wisconsin launched a story in March about Kim Bremmer, a speaker and blogger who covers issues relevant to today's dairy farmers.

CTY. - United States President Donald Trump has taken aim at the Canadian dairy industry, calling treatment of American dairy farmers "unfair".

According to the Governor's release, eligible dairy farmers will immediately be able to access loan guarantees at more favorable terms than WHEDA's current agricultural loan guarantees.

The federal government has to negotiate with Canada to open the markets or it will mean several million more pounds of milk per day on the market, she said.

I could write reams of copy of who is to blame: Canada, for clear violations of long standing trade agreements.

While the Minnesota dairy farms appear to be taken care of for the time being, both Bozic and Sjostrom think there will be long-term changes to the industry.

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New York Farm Bureau applauded efforts to have Canada change its trade policy.

Canada reclassified a product known as ultra-filtered milk - a high protein milk concentrate used in cheese production - causing it to drop in price and allowing Canadian farmers to sell their milk at a lower price to processors in their own country. "This may be an opportunity to find other places for skim milk powder". Meanwhile, US processors and producers assumed NAFTA promised them a never-ending market for their excess production-a reckless trade policy.

"As a result of supply management, dairy farmers are bureaucrats, not entrepreneurs".

"Under (NAFTA), the USA has duty-free and quota-free access for milk protein substances, including diafiltered milk", he wrote.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Trump's response has been important for helping the farmers. "We hope they move quickly before we are forced to take retaliatory trade actions against them".

"While some processors and milk cooperatives are already losing millions of dollars in business, this has the potential of hurting dairy farms across the state", he continued.

"We need to get at the root of the problem", said Chris Galen, spokesman for the National Milk Producers Federation in Washington, D.C. "We have something more than 9.3 million cows in the dairy herd now", says Stephenson.

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