Last year, Wisconsin lost 691 dairy farms, the most since 2011. Wisconsin also leads neighboring states in farm bankruptcies. Consecutive years of low milk prices, increasing operational costs and changes in trade policy are exerting pressure on dairy farmers and, by extension, the entire dairy industry. We are alarmed by these trends and want to see them reversed to the benefit of the entire state.
Faculty, staff and students at the UW System’s three colleges of agriculture are working every day to support farmers and the industry as a whole. UW–Madison, UW–Platteville and UW–River Falls teach the next generation of farmers the newest management strategies and provide international opportunities for students so they get early exposure to the global marketplace.