Several dairy farms in Wisconsin and other states could close due to a trade dispute halting the export of their milk to Canada.
The dispute is over ultra-filtered milk, which is used to make cheese. One of the biggest producers is Grassland Diary Products, based in Wisconsin. The company has lost its business in Canada after the country changed its dairy policies to favor domestic milk over U.S. supply.
That means, by Monday, Grassland Dairy will no long buy milk from nearly 75 farms across Wisconsin, leaving the farms without a place to sell their product. That could cost the farms hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the National Milk Producers Federation.
The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board is now encouraging people to intentionally buy Wisconsin dairy products, donate to the Great American Milk Drive, which gives milk vouchers to needy families throughout Wisconsin, and to buy and donate dairy products to food banks as a way to raise demand.