Organic Dairy Producers Planning Rally During Vilsack Visit

Amanda NolzDairy Business, Organic

The Wisconsin Ag Connection recently reported about an upcoming rally to call attention to the struggles of the organic dairy farmer. Whether it be protests, dumping milk on the ground, debates, letters or phone calls, dairy farmers have been vocal in the last couple of months to try to communicate with government leaders and the media about the struggles of the dairy producer.

An organization representing organic dairy producers are hoping to get U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s attention this week when he visits Wisconsin by holding a ‘Save the Organic Family Dairy Farm Rally.’ The Cornucopia Institute is holding the event on July 16 at the La Crosse Interstate Fair in West Salem. It immediately precedes a town hall meeting on rural issues with Vilsack, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The group claims that a glut of organic milk, fueled by giant factory farms, threatens to wash family farmers off their land.

“With the slowdown in the economy, the market is no longer able to absorb the growing supply of organic milk,” says Mark Kastel, senior farm policy analyst with The Cornucopia Institute. “Processors have now cut the price of milk for farmers, and imposed production caps. Many family farmers are now in danger of losing their farms.”