Dairy prices plunge, milk being dumped


With farmers dumping their milk, Wisconsin’s agriculture department is pleading with USDA to purchase dairy products and reopen enrollment for 2020 Dairy Margin Coverage.

2020 was supposed to be a rebound year after nearly four years of low prices. Randy Romanski, interim secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, tells Agri-Pulse that isn’t the case anymore.

“The prices dropped substantially and now is the time where the Dairy Margin Coverage program would be an optimal tool to help mitigate some of those losses,” Romanski said.
Romanski urged Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to reopen 2020 enrollment for DMC in a phone call with state ag directors Thursday. He said Perdue told him he would inquire about it.