VT Cheese Companies Face Anxiety Over Tariffs

Vermont’s dairy producers are losing markets and face rising distribution costs for products sent to China — and within the United States.

The announcement of Trump administration tariffs on some $300 billion in Chinese-made products could further hurt an already struggling dairy and cheesemaking industry.

U.S. farm products that are shipped out — such as the whey and whey protein left over from making cheese — brought in over $5 billion globally in 2018, according to the 2018 Census.

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