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Perdue: No Guarantee Small Farms Will Survive

Ag Secretary doesn’t know if family dairy farms can survive as industry moves toward factory farming

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Tuesday during a stop in Wisconsin that he doesn’t know if the family dairy farm can survive as the industry moves toward a factory farm model, reports the AP.

Perdue told reporters following an appearance at the World Dairy Expo in Madison that it’s getting harder for farmers to get by on milking smaller herds.

Wisconsin, which touts itself as America’s Dairyland on its license plates, has lost 551 dairy farms in 2019 after losing 638 in 2018 and 465 in 2017, according to data from the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

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