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From WSAW.com WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - 75 dairy farms in Wisconsin have less than a month to find a new place to sell their products. Grassland Dairy announced in a letter they will stop accepting milk because of new Canadian regulations Dairy in Wisconsin is already an oversaturated market, leading many farmers in panic mode for the next Monday. "There is nowhere else to go with the milk," said farmer James Juedes. "Everything else is full." Grassland will stop accepting milk on May 1st. The company says "this came suddenly, for both our company and the farmers." Still, that National Milk Producers Federation is concerned the Canadian government is being secretive by not disclosing exactly what the extent of these cutbacks will entail. Shawna Morris of the NMPF says the plan is designed to push out U.S. imports. "They have shifted the incentives to Canadian buyers to make it less attractive for them to keep buying from the U.S. and financially more attractive to buy from Canadian farmers instead," she added. Congressman Sean Duffy is concerned this cut back will make American milk uncompetitive. He says the Canadians found a loop hole in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that allows the country to block imports of ultrafiltered milk. "When we allow Canadian products in duty free but, they find a loophole for American milk, that's not fair. This is not free markets, this is protectionism," he said. Duffy is calling on the White House to get involved in the cutbacks. The president campaigned on renegotiating NAFTA, and Duffy believes dairy farmers should be involed in the negotiation. He says the situation is fixable but will take time. "In the short term," he says, "It's very challenging unless Canada feels some pressure from the administration." Also from WSAW.com HATLEY, Wis. (WSAW) -- Nasonville Dairy of Marshfield will stop buying milk from 14 central Wisconsin farms. In a letter sent to farmers, Nasonville General Manager Ken Heiman stated one of the company¬?s buyers no longer needed as much product, and the company is now overstocked. "All of a sudden we were looking at this, with the markets declining the way that they were, and are, we had no place to move it to,¬? Heiman told NewsChannel 7 Thursday. Now dairy farmers like Hatley resident John Litza are feeling the effects. "Well we got a letter with the paycheck on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, that as of April 1 they would no longer be picking up milk from any of my milk drivers route,¬? Litza said. Now he¬?s scrambling to find a buyer. Litza believes he¬?s called at least 30 milk plants and cooperatives in the state and received the same answer from every one of them. "Once we started calling, it was just 'no we've got too much milk, too much milk, and too much milk,¬?¬? Litza said. Even selling almost half of his herd has done little to help. In January, cows could be purchased for as much as $2,000. Now Litza said he¬?s lucky to get half of that. "There's just too many cows out there with excess milk, people are selling cows, that's driving the price down too,¬? Litza said. He hopes by meeting with other farmers and speaking to lawmakers, he can help enact change in the industry and deliver a message to farmers so they can avoid a similar situation. "Keep in touch with the milk plant you are selling to and the milk man. See what's going on. You have to keep your ears out there because things are changing,¬? Litza said.
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April 7, 2017 at 7:35 AM Flag Quote & Reply

scott
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man thats no fun at all for those dairies.do they have access to selling to DFA or another local milk plant will take them on.if not they will have to sell their herds and quit.hope they get things worked out.


April 7, 2017 at 11:44 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Nobody is taking on new farmers...
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1 DH, 2 daughters (Jess(or KK) and Peanut), Dairy cows, Chickens, 2 bunnies, 1 St. Bernard dog, 4 orses, and numerous kitties.

April 8, 2017 at 8:18 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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