Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Jim Holte issued the following statement regarding the recent milk market loss.
“April has been a long month for Wisconsin’s dairy community. Our deepest gratitude goes to everyone who has come together to help farm families without a milk buyer.
To the processors and cooperatives who stepped up, to the milk haulers who helped get information and resources to impacted farmers, we thank you for helping the farm families in need of assistance. We also greatly appreciate the work of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Farm Center working hard to connect farmers to processors.
The agricultural community worked together to find a short-term solution but now it is time to look for a long-term solution.
Trade is crucial to Wisconsin’s agricultural economy, especially dairy. Small changes or disruptions can have a large ripple effect that negatively impact farmers, as we have seen demonstrated recently.
Global demand for dairy and other agricultural product is crucial to the success of the dairy community. Wisconsin Farm Bureau will continue to work with other agricultural groups and state and federal lawmakers to look for solutions for exports to be encouraged and not dampened.”
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization, made up of 61 county Farm Bureaus and representing agriculturists and farms of every size, commodity and management style.