Last year, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack requested the U.S. dairy industry get into one room and build consensus to find solutions to the shortfalls in the federal order system. American Farm Bureau economist Danny Munsch says the system hasn’t been updated in 20 years in a major way. “In that time, we’ve gone from a fluid milk-focused market to more of the manufactured goods driving the market and the federal milk marketing order system doesn’t reflect those changes.” Due to other market disruptions, like COVID-19, farmers faced massive negative producer price differentials on their milk check. The AFBF hosted this weekend’s forum in Kansas City.
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