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Release Date: April 17, 2017
Media Contact: Bill Cosh, Communications
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MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and
Consumer Protection (DATCP) Secretary Ben Brancel issued this statement today
following the news that Mullins Cheese has added some of the displaced dairy
farmers to its plant:
“Thank you to Mullins Cheese and several other milk handlers
that have taken on impacted farmers. I commend you for stepping up and doing
your part to help Wisconsin’s dairy farm family. Taking on even one farm helps.
“I strongly encourage other dairy processors to consider how they
can be part of the solution. Dozens of Wisconsin farm families still have less
than two weeks to find a home for their milk before they will be forced to go
out of the dairy business, losing not only their job but their livelihood.
“I am asking, please, that dairy processors think through how
they can handle this extra milk in the short-term in order to sustain the
long-term success of Wisconsin’s dairy industry,” said Brancel.
DATCP’s Wisconsin Farm Center continues to work with farmers
and dairy processors daily. Farmers are encouraged to contact the Farm Center
at 1-800-942-2474 for assistance including financial consultation, transition
planning and conflict mediation.