COVID-19 Crushing the Dairy Industry

We are witnessing the decimation of the dairy industry. The crisis playing out before our eyes is staggering. Dairy farmers are dumping milk into fields and down drains; retailers are limiting consumers dairy purchases; and farmers are left questioning if the milk they produce will be get picked up or if they will even get paid.

Starbucks Taking Aim at Milk Is Latest Blow to Beaten-up Dairy

The latest blow to the downtrodden dairy industry was delivered by none other than Starbucks Corp., with the coffee giant looking to condition customers to use milk alternatives in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint.

Milk Has Long Been a Staple of American Life, but Now The Dairy Industry is in Trouble

January 10, 2020 Alana Semuels, TIME

For much of the 20th century, milk was a simple part of daily life in the U.S., as farmers raised cows, milkmen delivered bottles and children chugged it at school. But those days are fading–a fact accentuated by the announcement on Jan. 5 by Borden Dairy, the milk processor with a cheery Elsie the cow on its label, that it is filing for bankruptcy protection.

The Evolving Perspectives and Strategies of Dairy Executives

The mood of US dairy executives has deteriorated, as flat growth, trade tensions, and changing consumer tastes have dampened prospects for the coming years. With regions beyond the United States experiencing growing demand, rising numbers of US dairy companies have begun to pursue exports in the past several years.

USDA Announces $ 1.5M in Grants Available to Support the Dairy Industry

April 17, 2019 USDA AMS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced $ 1.5 million in competitive grant funding is available for the Dairy Business Innovation (DBI) Initiatives. DBI is authorized through the 2018 Farm Bill. This program supports USDA’s efforts to reduce risk and develop higher-value uses for dairy products, diversify farmer income through processing and marketing innovation, and encourage the use of regional milk production.