WI dairy farmers return from NY with possible industry solutions

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – An Eleva farmer, and more than two dozen others, from Wisconsin are back home with some new solutions for a struggling dairy industry. They were at a meeting in New York to talk about way to keep farms alive.

The group of farmers gathered on Thursday afternoon for the Wisconsin Farmers Union’s 2018 Summer Conference to share their insights. The mission of the meeting, or ‘Dairy Together Movement’ in New York, was to meet with stakeholders and officials to develop policy solutions for fair prices.

As we’ve reported before, Eleva’s Paul Adams and many other dairy farmers are struggling to match production costs.

Related Story: Eleva dairy farmer to fight for fair prices in New York

One idea they’re looking into is supply management. Since there’s been a high supply of milk, demand has gone down. They’re hoping to level the playing field and stay in business.

"These are one of my best friends here," said Adams. "We love the cows and we love the work and we want to stay at it. We’re being forced out, because there just isn’t enough profit in it to stay. We want to support our communities and yet we’re struggling to even be part of a community."

The proposals made at the meeting in New York are in review now, so dairy farmers can find the best solution going forward. Adams said he was excited to see nearly 400 people show up to the meeting in New York, because they are all there to make a change. The group of farmers will continue to keep the conversation moving by holding conference calls and follow up meetings.

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