Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Tuesday at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., that there are no guarantees that smaller family dairy farms in the U.S. will survive due to changing business models and economic struggles, per the AP.

"In America, the big get bigger and the small go out. I don't think in America we, for any small business, we have a guaranteed income or guaranteed profitability."

Why it matters ... Small Wisconsin dairy farmers are struggling due to a variety of factors: plummeting milk prices, a pivot to milking in mass quantities, the Trump administration's trade war with China and rising suicide rates for farmers.

By the numbers: The "Dairyland" state lost 551 dairy farms so far this year. It lost 638 in 2018 and 465 in 2017, per Department of Agriculture data.

  • U.S. dairy solids exports to China fell 43% overall after China's first round of retaliatory tariffs in July 2018. It left 3.7 billion pounds of milk in limbo, forcing farmers to find other markets, according to an analysis by the U.S. Dairy Export Council.
  • "It's very difficult on an economy of scale with the capital needs and all the environmental regulations and everything else today to survive milking 40, 50, or 60 or even 100 cows," Perdue said.

Go deeper: American farmers are pivoting to solar power to pay the bills

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Florida reports another daily record for coronavirus deaths

Nurse practitioner Barbara Corral and a research assistant conduct a COVID-19 vaccination study on August 7 in Hollywood, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida's health department on Tuesday reported 276 new coronavirus deaths, surpassing the state's record from July 31.

The big picture: The state also recorded over 5,800 new cases — on the low side for a state that is one of the domestic epicenters for the virus.

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Exclusive: Facebook cracks down on political content disguised as local news

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Facebook is rolling out a new policy that will prevent U.S. news publishers with "direct, meaningful ties" to political groups from claiming the news exemption within its political ads authorization process, executives tell Axios.

Why it matters: Since the 2016 election, reporters and researchers have uncovered over 1,200 instances in which political groups use websites disguised as local news outlets to push their point of view to Americans.