Wisconsin is proud of its status as America's Dairyland, but a simple letter has turned the world upside down for many of Wisconsin's life-long dairy farmers.
"Our dairy exports are worth more than $5 billion annually, generating 120,000 jobs in dairy farming, manufacturing and related sectors", Mulhern said. "I've contacted the U.S. Trade Representative on this issue and will continue to push hard for fairness in the days ahead".
"Right now the imminent struggle is what do we do with 12,000 pounds of milk a day?" one Wisconsin dairy farmer complained. Both Grassland Dairy and Nasonville Dairy have each told media outlets that the decision to reduce the number of pick-up customers was "extremely difficult" to make and could not be avoided because they have no where else to go with the extra milk they can no longer sell. "Our next move is to find a new home for this milk, and that will be tough". "I think our hope was that if we had to find a new home for milk we could do that, but because of spring flush and increases in production in other states, it has put pressure on the total capacity our processing industry has to handle the volumes of milk that they're now faced with".
Dairy Farmers of Canada said in a blog post that the new classification of ultra-filtered milk is meant to keep Canadian farmers competitive in their own county. According to the National Milk Producers Federal, Canadian officials are guaranteeing processors there a lower price in exchange for them buying milk from Canadian dairy farmers. "With nearly every processor in the state already at capacity, farmers have almost no other options for selling their milk".
But Mr Partridge said the letter did not guarantee the cost to farmers would be capped at four cents.
While the Trump administration has done some work on the issue, the USA dairy industry wants to see more effort, and to "convey to Canadians the importance of trade going both ways", Morris said.
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"Canada's protectionist dairy policies are having precisely the effect Canada intended: cutting off USA dairy exports of ultra-filtered milk to Canada despite long-standing contracts with American companies", said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF.
Lichty said she's afraid it's going to be hard to find a new buyer as the market is experiencing a surplus. "A cow is a mammal, not a machine - you can't just turn her milk production off with a switch and wait for better market conditions".
"We believe the policy was created to discourage USA exports of ultrafiltered milk and incentivize Canadians to purchase Canadian milk, which is a possible violation of World Trade obligations", Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said.
"They've invested in technology that enhances the value of product it sends out", Brancel said.
"Canada's protectionist dairy policies are having precisely the effect Canada intended: cutting off USA dairy exports of ultra-filtered milk to Canada despite long-standing contracts with American companies", Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF said in the statement.