Wisconsin Gov. determined to hit 30 billion pounds of milk

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MADISON, Wis. -- On Tuesday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker unveiled an ambitious plan to grow the state's dairy industry.

The goal: 30 billion pounds of annual milk production by the year 2020. That is a 15 percent increase from last year’s 26.1 billion pounds.

Although last year’s production was a record, the growth from 2010 to 2011 was less than 1 percent, which is not fast enough, Walker pointed out.

“The reality is the growth is not fast enough for the opportunities that are here before us,” he told a press briefing held in conjunction with the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin business conference.

Wisconsin is already the No. 1 state in the nation when it comes to cheese production. But if the state’s  cheese-makers are to continue their preeminent position and grow — not only in the state, but nationally and even internationally — “we have to make sure now and in the future they have the milk that ultimately will allow” them to lead the way, Walker said.

At the announcement, the Governor outlined new resources to help existing and prospective dairy farmers. Dairy farmers will have access to a toll-free phone number (855-WIDAIRY or 855-943-2479) to connect with resources and services, as well as Grow Wisconsin Dairy Grants to assist in planning, preparation and improving dairy profit.

Walker said the program also will be used to recruit dairies from other states.

Even if Wisconsin hits the 30-billion-pound mark by 2020, it will probably remain behind California in total milk production. In 2011, California dairy farmers produced 41.5 billion pounds of milk.




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wi  |  March, 14, 2012 at 09:42 AM

USDA raised milk production and lowered the 2012 All-Milk price. Do we really need anymore milk if the demand isn't there?

Wisconsin  |  March, 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Just what we need is more dairies moving to Wisconsin and than drive down our price when the current price of milk doesn't cover our costs or provide enough income to put food on the table for our own families. Is Govenor Walker willing to live next to a large CAFO dairy and put up with the smell, noise and traffic?

San Francisco / Cedarburg  |  March, 14, 2012 at 04:04 PM

Wow, so this is seriously what the Gov has been up to? Uhm, where has he been over the last 20 years. All I can remember is 1 dairy farm after another being put out of business by big Agra. How does he plan on doing this miracle with milk? We know how, giant factory farms, huge amounts of BGH, and a big subsidy from the Government? What a crock of cow crap.

Ridgeway, MN  |  March, 14, 2012 at 08:55 PM

The world's appetite for dairy for dairy products will continue to grow. Bravo to Gov. Walker for working to keep the dairy industry strong in the midwest. My friends in Wisconsin are prroud to have a governor that works to ensure the economic viability of their family farms.

Ed & Emma    
MA  |  March, 14, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Do we need any more of the likes of Milk Source.....?

Two Rivers WI  |  March, 14, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Government should keep its nose out of how big a farm should be and stop promoting large farms. Not one mega farm in Wisconsin is financialy able to stay in bussiness without government subsities or grants. They are millions of dollars in debt and can only stay in bussiness by growing larger. They overpay for everything and are the first ones to cry when milk price goes down. They rely on cheap illegal help and screw over anybody that gets in their way. Could this be why Walker has not addressed the illegals that he promised during the election.

54937  |  June, 21, 2012 at 02:03 PM

As a young farmer who realized that the only way I could every have my own farm was to get a college degree and get a good job off the farm I am at the point I can not compete with the rent the big dairy's pay. What good are they doing for any community. Every large dairy in our area milks all the cows with Mexican labor that moved in when the farms where built. There are small farms that sold the cows because of the pressure from the large dairy's. They seam to have unlimited funds to buy any land that comes up for sale and pay whatever rent it takes to get more land. I have a lot of respect for the smaller farmers that do everything without mexican labor. I have sold straw & hay to the larger farms and getting paid from them is twice as hard as getting paid from the small ones.

Ed & Emma    
MA  |  March, 15, 2012 at 05:17 AM

Reminds us of the ethanol mandate....

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