By Paul Schmitt
Area dairy farmers are hopeful that the international demand for milk will help raise the stagnant milk prices. Milk prices continue to stay low this summer but the overall dairy exports were up four percent from a year ago, according to the U.S. Dairy Council. Jim Wautier of Church-Site Farms in Brussels says he remains optimistic that the milk prices can rebound with the help of foreign trade.
Milk production nationally has been below average and according to the United States Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin has lost 382 farmers since the start of the year.