Wisconsin farmers join 'Dairy Together' movement, travel to New York
WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) Keith Kreager of Kreager Dairy Farms is just one of hundreds of dairy farmers who are in Albany, New York to find a solutions in the struggling industry.
The Wisconsin Farmers Union reports farmers are entering their fourth year of farm milk prices falling below the costs of production. To hopefully change the downward trend, farmers are talking about the idea of supply management.
Wisconsin Farmers Union State Membership Director Deb Jakubek supports the idea of supply management but said it’s a taboo term in the industry right now. She hopes the talks in Albany will change that.
“Really when it comes down to it, it’s the government giving the power to the farmers to be able to control the supply, thus be able to give them some control over the prices.”
The event in Albany is organized by Agri-Mark– a cooperative which pays farmers for its products, sells the products, and then return profits to farm owners.
Though a lot of ideas will be thrown around, supply management is expected to be the big talking point. Stay with Newschannel 7 as we follow the latest developments.