Wisconsin Loses Another 54 Dairy Farms in June

Wisconsin continues to lose dairy farms. ( Farm Journal )

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reports that 54 Wisconsin dairy farms sold out in June. That’s on top of the 78 that left the business in May.

Year-to-date, 338 dairy farms stopped milking cows. Still, USDA estimates that cow numbers are down just 1,000 head from January to May (the latest report available).

The year-to-day farm exits are running about 30% higher than the same January through June farm exits in 2017. Note: The June 2018 exit number of 54 farms is six fewer in June 2017.



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Submitted by Hank Zygmunt on Fri, 07/06/2018 - 07:02

What federal or state programs are available for dairy farmers to help them support their daiy auction and then provide assurance that they would use their land to grow organic soy a nd other needed grain for the organic poultry industry?

Submitted by Edward on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 15:31

We should have plenty of soy since China won't be buying as much because of the tariffs.

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Submitted by Vicki Brown on Sat, 07/07/2018 - 20:42

too bad they all voted for Trump

Submitted by CAROLE MELLIN on Sat, 07/07/2018 - 21:07

Trump supporters are getting what they deserve. Higher gas prices, higher healthcare prices, higher grocery prices, higher prices on everything imported like smartphones (parts made from 87 different countries). Car prices may go up $6,000. Trump conned people who got played on their resentments and biases, and if you allowed yourself to get fooled by Trump, you’re getting what you deserve. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-auto-tariffs-may-cost-hundreds-of-th…

Submitted by Ginger ellefson on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 10:17

Gas prices were up when Obama was president and you can blame him for health care premiums going through the roof.. I am guessing you will blame him for the floods and fires..

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Submitted by Betsy on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 14:05

Your memory is incorrect. Gas prices were down while Obama was Prez . Maybe your healthcare premium was up, but my premium was down during Obama.

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Submitted by Debra Ann Strickland on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:37

Yes, gas prices were down while Obama was in office. As far as healthcare premiums, those states that accepted Medicaid expansion were able to keep premiums down while states (red states) that rejected Medicaid expansion had the usual high premiums. The GOP cares not one iota about citizens. They rejected everything Obama did to help us and then they blamed him for the problems and their followers believed them, like the person who commented above.

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Submitted by marc on Thu, 07/12/2018 - 13:01

better look at this link before you libs get all cozy on obama - the ridiculousness is beyond belief https://www.gasbuddy.com/Charts.
losing a dairy farm could mean alot of things bad business bad planning etc etc . some of you peopel have blinders on non stop 24 /7

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Submitted by david on Mon, 07/16/2018 - 11:03

Marc you should look at that chart Obama was not responsible for any of the rise that has all been since Trump took over. Nice try though.

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Submitted by J Hale on Thu, 07/12/2018 - 18:18

you are correct sir. I am licsened agent 30yrs in selling health insurance. The facts are the risk corridors and reinsurance agreements buildt into ACA would have eventually lowered premiums across the board. Numerous reports have published to substantiate this #KaiserFoundationReportonACA. U.S. Senator Mark Rubio of Florida in November of 2015 sponsored legislation to pull funding on reinsurance agreements ment to help stablelize and lower overall cost to ACA premiums. In other words Sabotage was and is their goal, not affordable and stable healthcare for the American people.

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Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/11/2018 - 18:03

No gas was over $3 while Obama was in office. Look it up, down when he went in and down when he left. You all are assholes for talking this way. No one is perfect no democrat and no republican. But congratulations on continuing to hate. No wonder our country is going to shit, look at how you all treat each other. Be nice for once and try to say something nice to the opposite party for we are not solving problems this way just creating more hate.

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Submitted by Jake on Wed, 07/11/2018 - 21:33

“Be nice for once”... says the man who called everyone assholes. Smh

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Submitted by ken bayber on Thu, 07/12/2018 - 00:29

Gas prices are notorious for fluctuating wildly. Since President Obama took office, the national average for a gallon of regular gas has been as high as almost $4 in 2011 and as low as $1.85 a gallon the month he took office.

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Submitted by Not fooled on Thu, 07/12/2018 - 09:15

Gas pruces were down because obama allowed isis to take over oil fields and sell them at 30$ a barrel forcing the rest of the world to drop their prices. Because of ISIS terrorism, not obama policy, we paid 1.22 per gallon. I remember like it was yesterday. You probably never knew why it was so low. You filled your tank with blood dude.

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Submitted by EX dairy farmer on Sat, 07/14/2018 - 08:03

Yep. The "JV TEAM" is the reason... lol And then they were allowed to just "cross" the "RED LINE" and were really punished for it,,,,

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Submitted by talley on Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:06

My premiums went up from 1,200. to 1,922 then to 2,561 And Im in a blue state

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Submitted by John on Thu, 07/12/2018 - 13:57

Gas prices were down during election that's all I seen

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Submitted by Dan DePasquale on Thu, 07/12/2018 - 17:30

Gas prices went down during Obama administration because of the discovery and increased use of fracking glutted the market. Saudi Arabia recently cut back production to raise prices on the international market, that is why Trump tried to talk them into raising their production back up to increase supply and lower prices. Gas prices have had nothing to do with policy, just supply and demand!

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Submitted by Dan erdley on Sat, 07/14/2018 - 06:11

This is about milk prices which are being manipulated by huge corporations ...Dean foods(walmart) do your homework!.....wasn't hillary a lawyer for walmart?

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Submitted by Rob on Sat, 07/14/2018 - 06:24

You are 100% correct , doesn't matter the president.....Dem or Rep........

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Submitted by concern truth on Fri, 07/13/2018 - 11:20

i paid hire gas prices under obma fact stop your lies speak truth

Gas Prices in 2012 Most Expensive Year on Record

The national average price of gasoline in 2012 was $3.60 a gallon, which is the most expensive annual average on record. The previous annual record was $3.51 a gallon set in 2011, while the third most expensive year for gas prices was 2008, when the average was $3.25 a gallon.

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Submitted by Larry smith up on Mon, 07/09/2018 - 19:22

Our economy was stronger and No lies coming from this so called administration

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Submitted by EX dairy farmer on Sat, 07/14/2018 - 08:09

"our economy was stronger and no lies coming out of the Whitehouse" What are you smoking? We now have an all time low on unemployment, jobs are coming back, wages have went up, and we have someone fighting so we are NOT getting the short end of the stick on every trade deal.. Why shouldn't WE get a fair deal for once? And now NATO members are finally starting to pay their fair share... WoW~ Just Wow~~~

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Submitted by Rosie Bottomz on Mon, 07/09/2018 - 22:38

Actually you are partially correct about gas prices. Generally speaking, gas prices fluctuate the most during election years and the year following. It’s a disturbing trend for us citizens.. stay woke people, we are just pawns in this game. We vote them into the roach motel (all politicians) and it is difficult to get them out.

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Submitted by VM on Fri, 07/13/2018 - 20:41

You hit the nail on the head. Democrats will blame everything on Trump yet give all credit Trump has done to Obama bc they don’t search for the truth, instead they watch mainstream media.

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Submitted by Mariah on Sun, 07/15/2018 - 10:45

You knew he was a Snake, yet you still voted for him. I have absolutely NO sympathy for anyone who suffers under the policies of Trump. Who you put in power has consequences. You get what you voted for. Btw Obama isn't the president anymore. Trump and his supporters own it now!!

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Submitted by Karen Loftis Powell on Sun, 07/15/2018 - 14:54

Gas prices were 1.99 per gallon when Obama took office. Within less than two years the prices shot up to 3.89 pee gallon in my are. We have the lowest gas prices in the country in my state. Those prices remained high until Obama’s last year and a half. Of course those prices are going up now along with food prices .

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Submitted by Jared Greene on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 21:41

We'll be able to afford, besides is worth a few extra dollars to buy American. Those farms were failing anyway, if your gonna do dairy mhy not sell beef as well?

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Submitted by jacquigrassoul@hotmail.com on Mon, 07/09/2018 - 07:09

generalization gets you no where. You do not know each of those farm's stories. "Why not sell beef as well ?" All depends on availability to get the animal to a slaughterhouse. Not all slaughterhouses are in reasonable distance from dairy farms. This is too complex a issue to generalize "those farms were failing anyway".

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Submitted by Mariah on Sun, 07/15/2018 - 10:34

I would be willing to bet every single one of these dairy farmers and their family all voted for Trump.

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Submitted by CJ on Mon, 07/16/2018 - 07:35

Our gas prices are not higher since Trumo was elected. They are fluctuating from low to higher, as they did with the last administration. Under Obamacare, our insurance premiums went from $650/mo to $1,705.00/mo. Blaming high healthcare insurance on Trump is a joke. I suspect we’ll find it cheaper next year while not in the noose of Obamacare. I shop at Aldi’s and Walmart, and my grocery bill is at an all time low. We now pay less in federal taxes with the new lower rate. Thank God. We have more jobs than people to fill them. With all the regulations strangling businesses being slashed, we’re finally catching a break, letting the market do what it needs to do. I might not love Trump’s brashness, but damn, things are looking good.

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Submitted by David on Sat, 07/07/2018 - 23:51

What happens when you lose a dairy farm? You gain a different farm or usage of that land. The struggles that dairy farmers are facing have been getting worse for some time now and Trump is trying to fight Canada on their heavy dairy tariffs. “Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!” These are times of change and we will win the late game on these deals. If anyone else had the job of president they would have the same Canada to deal with.

Submitted by Pat on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 07:01

I think you are probably the nasty piece of shit...

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Submitted by Tj on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 08:53

I would say you are nasty piece of 💩 but that would be mean to 💩

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Submitted by Yvonne boucher on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 06:30

American dairy is substandard compared to the Canadian dairy products

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Submitted by Betsy on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 14:07

And rightfully so according to Trump himself.

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Submitted by Joe Na on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 11:35

🚜 you were warned over and over and over again..you did not take this warning very seriously it seems you could not take objective research on Trump and his history in business..

He is nothing more than a realestate corporate raider. Its all about getting your land..how do we know?

Simple break your farms hold over the lands and let the banks swallow it whole.

As part native American..we knew exactly what and who donald Trump is and has always been.

Republican Candidate In South Dakota Wants To End Native American Reservations

A Republican running for a South Dakota Congressional seat says Native American reservations are “holding down” their inhabitants. The candidate continued by saying that it’s time for the government to rethink their approach to the current system.

In an interview with the Argus Leader, candidate Neal Tapio said:

“To continue down the same path is simply wrong. We need to address the system, not just the symptoms. We need to renegotiate the treaties that are holding down a once very proud people.”

*The nine federally-recognized South Dakota tribes currently hold land trusts over protected land; however, Tapio says this system is no longer working out. The reservations in his state also happen to be among the poorest in the country.


Thats now 2018! The GOP and this Administration wants to take now sovereign native American reservations lands away from the Tribes..and not just our lands as well

Other US citizens ..


If you cannot see Trump for who and what he is; if you have not been paying attention is a realestate corporate raider but instead of raiding just corporations its raiding of private held land!

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Submitted by SJR on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 15:11

This records what he did in Scotland. (2011) As a man, he has not changed... Only took through a message of lies, a massive, powerful and long venerated platform from which to play his game.

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Submitted by EX dairy farmer on Sat, 07/14/2018 - 08:17

"If you cannot see Trump for who and what he is; if you have not been paying attention is a real estate corporate raider but instead of raiding just corporations its raiding of private held land!" Really? IT happened a couple years before this too but in MARCH OF 2016 Saudi Arabia bought up land in CA and AX to the total of 16,000-20,000 acres.. Harry Reid tried to help his son developer land in YELLOWSTONE and we had the Bundy ordeal.. It's both parties.. But since you are attacking Trump this happened under the Obama administration just like the URANIUM 1 DEAL with Hilary Clinton as Sec of STATE... (but that's okay right?) Here is a "TRUTH EXAM" about the devastation the Democrats are crying about the Republicans doing.... AZ has a problem with it's supply of water... (say it ain't so~} http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-saudi-arabia-alfalfa-20160329-sto…

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Submitted by Susan Smith on Mon, 07/09/2018 - 10:52

In the TPP, Canada was giving up the dairy tariffs.

As one of his first official acts as president, Trump pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But Canada went on to complete the massive free trade deal with 10 other nations, including Japan, Australia and Mexico.

The deal allows signatories to send an increasing amount of dairy products to Canada over the next two decades -- with zero tariffs. That includes milk, cream, butter, cheese and ice cream, among other products.

"The US would have enjoyed these benefits had it not decided to exit the original TPP deal," said Christophe Bondy, a trade negotiation expert and special counsel at law firm Cooley.

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Submitted by Marco on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 03:04

Typical Republican response.its no big deal till it happens to them. Be it farmers or immigration its all ok till it knocks on their door. Lets see how rational they are once they loose their job or theor salary decreases.

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