According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 497 dairy farms have called it quits year-to-date. That number is 630 year-over-year. While Wisconsin is a big dairy state, operations are closing throughout the United States.
AgDay national reporter Betsy Jibben interviewed a dairy farmer who went out of business over the summer. She talks with Scott Halpin, a dairy and grain farmer from Gardner, Illinois; Mark Stephenson, a dairy and policy expert with The UW-Madison; Chris Galen, senior vice president of communications with the National Milk Producers Federation and Mike North, a commodity analyst of Commodity Risk Management Group.