Congress Calling on AG Department to Help Dairy Farmers
UNDATED -- U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson, and Senators Amy Klobuchar, and Al Franken are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to step in and help dairy farmers who are struggling with low milk prices.
Pat Lunemann is the President of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association and a dairy farmer in Todd County. He says a Russian milk embargo, increased production in American and European milk and a strong dollar are all factors in a the low prices.
Unless the AG Department steps in, Lunemann doesn't see an end in sight. He says milk prices are 40% below what they were in 2014. For many farmers the price doesn't even cover the cost of production.
Lunemann says the AG Department could implement policies to buy up some of the milk on the store shelves for schools and lower-income Americans.