CHIPPEWA FALLS – Dairy Together has launched a new resource for anyone seeking to learn more about solutions to address dairy farm loss and price instability. The Dairy Together Podcast is an educational series that explores the Dairy Revitalization Plan, a farmer-led, research-backed growth management plan for the U.S. dairy industry.
In the first episode, dairy economist Chuck Nicholson provides an overview of what could have been accomplished if the growth management program (that became the Dairy Revitalization Plan) had been implemented in the 2014 Farm Bill. The presentation was based on his and fellow dairy economist Mark Stephenson’s “Analyses of Proposed Alternative Growth Management Programs for US Dairy,” which was funded by the University of Wisconsin (UW) “Baldwin Wisconsin Idea” program, the Grassland 2.0 project, the Wisconsin Cover Crops Research and Outreach Program, and UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems.
“We’ve lost an average of one to two dairy herds a day in Wisconsin in recent years,” said Dairy Together Podcast host Bobbi Wilson. “This program does not seek to pit small farms against large farms; instead, we’re looking at how we can pull together to create meaningful dairy policy reform in the next farm bill.”The Dairy Together Podcast is free and available for download on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or at dairytogether.com/podcast. The podcast was produced by Wisconsin Farmers Union. Learn more about Dairy Together’s work on this issue at dairytogether.com