As in many other states, regulations have been changed over the years to favor huge “factory farms.” That’s upping overall production, reducing milk prices, and squeezing out smaller operations.
Sarah Lloyd and Nels Nelson, who tend 350 dairy cows on a 400-hectare property northwest of Madison, say their view is that Trump’s got it all wrong.
Blaming Canada for restricting market access to ultra-filtered milk is missing the real issue facing Wisconsin farmers, they said.
“Suddenly, everyone was pointing the finger at Canada, but that’s not really what’s going on. We have overproduction here in Wisconsin, and we really need to address that here at home,” said Lloyd.
Canada recently changed rules that make it harder for American farmers producing “ultrafiltered” milk to sell into the Canadian market. It’s not a huge change, but with a market that was already … over-saturated, the result is a swift kick to some of those smaller operations.
But blaming Canada is much more fun. Beside, Donald Trump saw it on television, so it must be true.
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