USDEC says exports, trade policies important


USDEC says exports, trade policies important

The U.S. Dairy Export Council says sound trade policies help bolster the U.S. economy, especially in rural communities.  They say Wisconsin specialty cheeses are an example, as demand rises in emerging markets like Asia and South America.

Global trade consultant Mark Feight with IAG recently told the Michigan Agri-Business Association that along with beef and beer, cheese exports are growing despite some higher prices. “It’s interesting. The Europeans actually will admit that our cheese quality in some of our specialty cheeses are really good and we’re actually making inroads to some of Europe with specialty cheeses.”

Wisconsin’s checkoff program, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin says 90% of the state’s milk is used for cheesemaking and 90% of the cheese leaves the state, so exports are essential to maintaining economic viability for their farmers and processors.