Increased trucking costs for Wisconsin dairy farmers is the latest symptom of an oversupply of milk.
The Upper Midwest Federal Milk Marketing Order recently released a report on milk hauling charges paid by farmers in 2018.
The report found the average charge per hundredweight, or 100 pounds of milk, in Wisconsin was $0.24, a 40 percent increase from 2017.
Corey Freije is an agricultural economist who compiles the report for the Upper Midwest Order. He said hauling charges typically increase by 1 or 2 cents every year, so last year’s 7 cent jump is unusual.
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