U.S. triggers formal dispute against Canadian dairy practices

May 26, 2021
The U.S. is accusing Canada of setting aside too large a share of the dairy market exclusively for Canadian dairy processors.
At its root, the disagreement has to do with the way each government tries to help farmers break even.
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The USDA is buying milk and giving it to food banks

Aug 17, 2018
The program is hoping to help the needy – including America's dairy farmers.
Oatly, the Swedish maker of oat milk, will start selling shares to the public on Thursday, in an offering expected to value the company at $10 billion. The market for milk substitutes has been growing rapidly, with Nestle just releasing its own version made from peas.

Will Puerto Rico's dairy industry survive after Hurricane Maria?

Dec 1, 2017
"If supermarkets don't have power, they won't buy your milk."
An empty field that was once full of cattle in Hatillo, Puerto Rico.
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The "Illuminati of cheese" is filling fast food chains with cheesy dishes

Jul 20, 2017
“Got Milk?” is arguably the dairy industry’s best ad slogan ever. But how about “Got Cheese?” That do anything for you? Americans are eating record amounts of cheese — 35 pounds of it per person each year on average. But diary farmers still have plenty left over, and there’s a huge surplus of the base product, milk, […]

This Wisconsin dairy farmer knows what wages sent to Mexico can do

Apr 18, 2017
Legislators want to tax remittances to pay for a border wall. But for John Rosenow, they are a point of pride, not politics.
Wisconsin farmer John Rosenow looks at a Google Earth rendering of the area in Veracruz, Mexico, that many of the workers at his dairy farm call home. With him are Roberto, a worker, and Shaun Duvall, a local Spanish teacher.
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Dairy farmers see organic label as a way to pay the bills

Sep 27, 2016
The organic market's stable pricing is appealing to some dairy farmers.
Cows at the Knapp's dairy farm.
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Americans are eating more cheese than ever

Aug 26, 2016
Then why is the government buying surplus of the dairy staple? The global market is saturated.
Lenny Zimmel puts Colby cheese curds into forms to make 40 pounds blocks of cheese at the Widmer's Cheese Cellars on June 27, 2016 in Theresa, Wisconsin. In 2015, Americans were consuming over 34 pounds of cheese per capita.
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For public good, not for profit.

Immigrant workers help save Wisconsin dairy farms

Nov 11, 2015
Mexican and Central American immigrants are a large share of the workers on Wisconsin dairy farms.

California cheese creates a problem for California dairies

Sep 24, 2013
California's pricing system for milk gives cheese makers the lowest price for milk -- a holdover from the Depression era, when making cheese was a way to use up surplus milk. But now cheese makers are dairies' biggest customers, and still get the low price.