Cooperative Network, the statewide trade association for Wisconsin’s cooperatives, has asked the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) board to consider temporarily suspending two fees for dairy producers while they deal with economic difficulties.

Cooperative Network has proposed a one-year “assessment holiday” for Milk Contractor Assessments to the state’s Agriculture Producer Security program. They also asked that DATCP closely analyze the Agricultural Chemical Cleanup Program for more opportunities to return much-needed dollars back to producers.

Wisconsin is home to more than 800 cooperative businesses owned by more than 2.9 million Wisconsin citizens, the group says. Over 80 percent of the milk marketed in Wisconsin goes through a cooperative and around 60 percent of the cheese made in Wisconsin is made by a cooperative.

Source: Cooperative Network