American dairy farmers are struggling to survive, literally.
As NewsChannel 34’s Morgan Wright shows us, while help is on the way, it’s not coming fast enough for too many in the business of putting milk on American tables.
We’re seeing suicides at all-time high in the dairy industry…
Michael McMahon, a dairy farmer from upstate New York says these are dreadful times for dairy farmers.
Emptying out their retirement funds, and going the limit on their credit cards just to stay in business.
The price of milk has been below the costs of production for five years – forcing many small and medium-sized dairy farms out of business.
McMahon says international trade disputes are just making things worse.
When NAFTA was put on the shelf to be dissolved – all of sudden these trade wars and tariff barriers went up between US and Mexico and US and Canada.
In the past year you saw more than 7 dairy farms failing every day in the United States.
Alan Bjerga with the National Milk Producers Federation says there’s optimism that the US Mexico Canada Trade Agreement – the NAFTA replacement could provide some relief.
Expanded market access to Canada and the ending of some Canadian policies that were problematic for US producers.
But Congress must still vote to approve the USMCA and right now…it’s stuck in both the House and the Senate.
New York Congressman Anthony Brindisi says while he knows dairy farmers need help now, the USMCA still needs work…to be sure the dairy farmers get a fair shake.
We want to make sure that trade deals are enforceable and Canada is just not changing the name of the program and still doing the same thing that they’ve done in the past.
Give us back our trade markets…
McMahon says a truce in the trade war could ease the dairy crisis and save businesses and lives.