Dairy farmers are facing a new threat to their livelihoods as the world’s largest producer of meat moves away from grass-fed to grain-fed.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said it will end its subsidies to livestock producers.
The move to grain will also hit dairy producers who rely on pasture for most of their income.
Dairies will lose out on $1.6 billion a year in federal support.
“The USDA will cease providing funding for grass-based and grain-based livestock feed to farmers and ranchers,” the agency said in a statement.
“To put that in perspective, that translates to losing $5.7 billion a season in milk production.” “
Dairy farmers across the country will experience a loss of $1 billion to $1,700 per cow as a result of this transition,” the USDA said.
“To put that in perspective, that translates to losing $5.7 billion a season in milk production.”
The USDA’s decision follows the collapse of a major dairy production operation in Wisconsin last year that was plagued by a massive outbreak of E. coli.
The collapse of the dairy operation was blamed on the introduction of genetically modified cattle to feed a factory-farmed dairy herd.
The USDA is considering the potential loss of a $2.3 billion subsidy that feeds the dairy farmers.
USDA officials did not say how many farmers could lose their federal subsidies.
The news comes as President Donald Trump pushes for a $1 trillion infrastructure bill to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges, schools, prisons, and other public facilities damaged by the 2011 hurricane.
Trump announced the bill at a May meeting of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which is in charge of monitoring the world food supply.
The United States is the world leader in dairy production, but it is a declining one, according to the U,S.
Dairy Export Federation.
The industry has struggled with soaring prices, reduced sales, and an aging herd.
Dairy exports in the United States declined by 9.3% in 2017 to $2 billion, according the FAO.
“We are now seeing the impact of the price shock and the impact on the industry,” FAO President Eric Schlosser told Reuters.
“It’s the lowest milk price in the world.”
Farmers are also seeing the fallout from the collapse in the U.,S.
dairy industry as they turn to alternative feed.
According to the FAWFA, U.A.F. and others are raising their prices for hay to help keep up with demand from cattle producers.
“Hay prices have been going up significantly in recent months, and they are expected to continue rising for the foreseeable future,” said FAWFE Director of Marketing and Communications, Steve Goglia.
“However, there are now many more alternatives available to feed our cattle, which can help keep prices low and keep cattle in a healthier environment.”
Goglias cattle are fed a variety of feed, from grass to grain to feedlots.
He said that grass-and-grain cattle are the most cost-effective feed options.
“Our beef is more cost effective, and we get the benefits of pasture management and other things, but they are also more healthful,” Goglio said.
But Goglias beef is not a luxury item for the average American, he added.
“People who are very close to a cow in the feedlot can afford to pay a little more for grass,” Guglia said.
According a USDA statement, the decision will “impact approximately 2 million American cattle.”
The agency also said the U’s beef supply will be affected by a “significant and rapid decline” in grass- and grain cattle.
USDA will provide an update on the impact to dairy producers and rancher farmers on May 6.