Want to understand the laws of supply and demand? Watch the dairy industry

Aug 6, 2020
Milk prices have been volatile with the trade war and now the coronavirus pandemic, and dairy farmers are stretched thin.
A Wisconsin dairy farmer moves her cows into a barn. Her industry has been whipsawed by milk prices.
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Why retailers price some items below cost

Jul 31, 2020
Lots of industries rely on loss leaders to get you in the door while quietly raising prices on other products.
An employee restocks the milk shelves at a Miami supermarket in April. Milk is often what economists call a loss leader.
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The future of agriculture may rest with the American consumer

Apr 10, 2020
Many farmers are facing reduced demand for their products as well as falling prices.
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Americans aren't drinking milk like they used to

Jan 6, 2020
Two major dairy processor-distributors have filed for bankruptcy protection in the past few months.
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Canadians mull new trade pact, worry about domestic dairy industry

Oct 8, 2018
Some Canadians worry NAFTA replacement will flood markets with lower-cost U.S. milk and cheese.
A dairy cow on a farm in Caledon, Canada.
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Canada protects its dairy industry. President Trump is tired of that.

Aug 30, 2018
The president has given Canada until Friday to sign on to a new trade agreement, but the dairy industry has been one of the prime sticking points during negotiations.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (2L) speaks with dairy farmers in Ottawa, Ontario on June 12, 2018. - Canadian politicians of all stripes rallied round their prime minister on after his cautious and polite defense of free trade rules drew an extraordinary personal rebuke from US President Donald Trump.
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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.
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The fight for the dairy aisle turns on the question: 'What’s milk?'

Mar 3, 2017
With the proliferation of products calling themselves milk (soy, almond, rice, coconut), dairy farmers are now lobbying Congress to limit the use of the word to the stuff that comes from lactating animals, namely cows.  And the makers of the plant-based drinks want to keep milking the term, so they’re pushing back. The Wall Street […]

Why a food scientist is trying to make powdered breast milk

Feb 20, 2017
Donated breast milk in liquid form can be expensive because it needs to be to be screened for disease and drugs, and then stored. One way to address this may be a technique called "spray-drying."
Containers with donated milk at the human milk bank in Lima, Peru.
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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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