In early April, Grassland Dairy Products notified 75 Wisconsin farmers their milk contracts would end on May 1. In response, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and Wisconsin's banking industry are working together to find solutions.
DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel issued a statement on April 17 encouraging dairy processors to "consider how they can be part of the solution."
"Dozens of Wisconsin farm families still have less than two weeks to find a home for their milk before they will be forced to go out of the dairy business, losing not only their job but their livelihood," Brancel said in the statement.
Wisconsin's ag bankers are also taking steps to assist their affected customers. WBA will keep the industry apprised of the situation as developments continue.
Farmers are encouraged to contact DATCP's Wisconsin Farm Center at 1-800-942-2474 for assistance including financial consultation, transition planning and conflict mediation.
Grassland Dairy has said it must make this decision due to a U.S.-Canada trade dispute over “ultra-filtered milk.” Canada changed its dairy policies to favor domestic milk over the supply from the United States.