Apr 28, 2019

Trump's trade war hammers Wisconsin's ailing dairy farmers

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Dairy farms in Wisconsin are on the brink of vanishing as they struggle to survive falling prices, overproduction and President Trump's trade war, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: President Trump is managing a delicate balancing act, as he seeks to force concessions through his global trade war without losing the support of farm districts he won in 2016. Many dairy farmers are being forced to turn to beef or vegetables to make a living.

By the numbers: Nearly 1,200 Wisconsin dairy farms have stopped milking cows since 2016, with 212 folding this year.

  • Wisconsin herds are below 8,000, or half compared to 15 years ago, the Times reports.
  • 49 Wisconsin farms filed for bankruptcy in 2018 — more than any other state, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
  • Milk prices have declined within the last five years from $26 to $17 per 100 pounds, according to the USDA. Increased efficiencies in milking and corporate farming have also led to overproduction, especially as U.S. consumer tastes shift away from dairy.

What to watch: Trump's approval rating for heartland voters is underwater as farmers continue to struggle.

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World coronavirus updates: Confirmed cases top 1 million

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Novel coronavirus infections have hit the 1 million mark after "near exponential growth" that's reached "almost every country," World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday.

The big picture: The global death toll exceeded 50,000 on Thursday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy has reported nearly 14,000 deaths. Governments around the world have introduced public health and economic measures to try and curb the impact of the virus.

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Judge declines to delay Wisconsin April 7 primary, extends absentee deadline

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A federal judge on Thursday declined to delay Wisconsin's April 7 primary election, saying he doesn't have the authority to do so.

Why it matters: Wisconsin is the only state scheduled to vote next Tuesday that has not yet delayed its primary.