Local cheese company steps up to help dairy farmers without milk buyer

Local cheese company steps up to help dairy farmers without milk buyer
Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

It’s been a long couple of weeks for dozens of dairy farmers in Wisconsin caught in a trade dispute , but a local cheese company is stepping up to help.

A trade dispute has stopped milk exports to Canada, affecting companies like Grassland Dairy Products, which had worked with Wisconsin farmers.

Mullins Cheese has added some of the 75 displaced dairy farmers to its plant.

State officials are thanking the company for its support.

In a statement, Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel said he strongly encourages other dairy processors to consider how they can be part of the solution.

He said dozens of Wisconsin farm families have only weeks to find a company to take their milk before they’re forced to leave the dairy business.

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