Last month, Canadian company Grassland Dairy cancelled contracts to buy milk from scores of U.S. dairy farmers. Over 50 Wisconsin farms found themselves with no buyers for their milk. The issue bubbled up to get the notice of Washington, inspiring President Donald Trump to slap a retaliatory tariff on Canadian lumber. After much scrambling, including assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, nearly all the Wisconsin farms have found alternate buyers. Although the immediate crisis appears averted, the issues remain, with milk prices continuing at low levels and the future uncertain. Pete Hardin, a dairy farmer in Brooklyn, Wisconsin has edited the alternative dairy journal, The Milkweed, for nearly forty years. In a recent editorial in the Wisconsin State Farmer, Hardin says Wisconsin dairy farmers have only themselves to blame. Pete Hardin joins 8 O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing in the studio.
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