There are economic challenges for the U.S. dairy industry, including the impacts of COVID-19. “In late 2019, there was a light at the end of the tunnel in terms of milk prices. Now, prices are expected to be lower in the coming months,” explains Paul Bleiberg, vice president of government relations, National Milk Producers Federation. “We’re trying to make sure producers can stay afloat during this challenging time and get product to places where it will be consumed.” Midwest Dairy Chair Allen Merrill is not seeing any supply chain disruptions yet. “Farmers are concerned about the net return on this deal,” said the Parker, South Dakota farmer. “We’ve struggled for four years, we don’t need another setback; we also know there’s a true demand for dairy right now.” The NMPF would like USDA to re-open signup for the 2020 Dairy Margin Coverage program.
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