Consolidating districts in the upper mid west
The inability of local dairy farmers to fully supply Wisconsin's cheesemakers last year is a symptom of what many consider a crisis in the Midwest dairy industry.
In order to reach production goals, Wisconsin cheese producers were forced to ship in milk from as far away as Texas.
Wisconsin and other district states may never regain the title of America's Dairyland, but these farmers hope they might just stop the downward flow of Midwest milk.
Driven by technological advance and market consolidation, the dairy industry has undergone dramatic change in recent decades.
Thousands of small dairy farms have gone out of business in Ninth District states, cow inventories have plummeted, milk production has dropped, and the center of dairy gravity has shifted relentlessly from the Midwest to the West Coast.
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