Wisconsin shed 10% of its dairy farmers last year, according to data from the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
It marked the biggest drop in a single year, and underscored the negative impact of Trump’s trade war in a state critical to his re-election bid.
Last year, China slashed its purchases of American dairy products by 50%, helping to throw scores of farmers out of business.
The business environment has particularly worsened for small farmers.
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Wisconsin shed 10% of its dairy farmers last year, data from the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection shows.
It marked the biggest one-year drop on record, and underscored the negative impact of Trump’s trade war on a swing state critical to his re-election bid.
In 2019, Wisconsin lost 819 dairy farms, the department said, leaving 7,292 dairy farms in place. The state leads the nation in the number of farm bankruptcies, according to the American Farm Bureau.
“Producers have suffered without market controls to put the brakes on when demand is lower. The trade tariffs only added salt to the wound,” said Julie Keown-Bomar, executive director of the Wisconsin Farmers Union, in an email.
The group called for additional …read more
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