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A movement to rebuild a viable dairy economy for family farmers and rural communities. All are welcome.

Dairy Economics Legislative Briefing

February 26, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)

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Wisconsin legislators and staff are invited to a briefing on Dairy Economics and Policy with Dr. Mark Stephenson, Dairy Economist and Director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Dairy Profitability. Dairy farmers are facing their fifth straight year of negative income due to downward dairy markets. Demographics, personal business decisions and financial stress all play a role in the significant loss of dairy farms in recent years. It’s important to know the options available to assist the dairy industry especially when it comes to the area of supply and demand. At this educational event, Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin, will share encouraging results from recent analyses of federal dairy policies designed to reduce volatility in dairy markets and improve dairy farm profitability.  These policies also show promise for significantly reducing U.S. government expenditures on dairy programs and curbing farm loss. With important implications for the nation’s dairy farmers, dairy consumers, and taxpayers, this is a briefing you won't want to miss.

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Dairy Price Stabilization Plan

Wisconsin Farmers Union commissioned Charles Nicholson of Cornell University and Mark Stephenson of University of Wisconsin-Madison to research market impacts of various supply management programs on the dairy industry.

The time is now.

Join Dairy Together in our work to rebuild a viable dairy economy for family farmers and rural communities!

 

In recent years, dairy news headlines have been dismal as volatile milk prices and a flood of milk on the market have contributed to a downward spiral in dairy prices and the quality of life for dairy farmers across the country. 

 

Over the last 10 years, the USDA recorded the loss of roughly 17,000 dairy herds, cutting the total number of U.S herds by nearly one third. 

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Dairy farmers across the country are mobilizing in response to the current dairy price crisis. We are working on short- and long-term policy reform, supporting farmers’ engagement in their dairy cooperatives, and seeking solutions in the marketplace to improve dairy farm profitability.

 

We need to enact bold solutions to halt the loss of family dairy farms, but we can’t do it alone. Please join us!

A Farmer-Led Movement

Dairy Together is a farmer-led movement. We are pushing for federal policy that balances milk supply with profitable demand. We also support emergency measures to help farmers weather the current dairy price crisis, as well as market-based solutions to achieve higher prices.

 

Any federal supply management program must: 

 

  • Provide a fair price

  • Reduce price volatility

  • Address overproduction

  • Discourage consolidation

  • Allow for beginning farmer entry

  • Be National and Mandatory - no opt-out clause

  • Address import and export issues and inform smart trade policy 

  • Have meaningful farmer input in development, implementation, and governance

Building a Coalition

Dairy Together is building power in the policy and market arenas by creating a durable coalition of farmers, farm organizations, allied consumer and environmental organizations, and supply chain partners. The coalition consists of: 

 

  • Wisconsin Farmers Union

  • California Dairy Campaign

  • California Farmers Union

  • Farm Aid

  • Michigan Farmers Union

  • Pennsylvania Farmers Union

  • National Farmers Union

  • National Farmers Organization

 

Please contact slloyd@wisconsinfarmersunion.com if your organization or business would like to join the Dairy Together coalition.

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