Rene Johnson deals with the cold facts of a spreadsheet and the real lives of her dairy-farmer clients.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Some American farmers envy Canada’s protectionist system, while billions in U.S. exports have added to the problems of small Mexican farms.
Lindley Reilly feels a 'moral obligation' to do everything she can to help farmers stay afloat. It's work that keeps her up all night.
An unlikely team in Congress is trying to pass legislation requiring public disclosure of financial records showing how about $900 million paid by farmers into nearly two dozen mandatory checkoff programs is spent.
Struggling American dairy farmers thought they could count on the world market. Then came the turbulence of tariffs and trade deals.
Exports drive U.S. dairy farmers' fortunes, but it's a bumpy, wild ride.
Dairy Management Inc. spends $160 million a year from dairy farmers' sales on promotions and partnerships, but milk sales continue to fall.
Clever slogans and campaigns have failed to slow milk's decline or the rise of competing beverages.
Auctioneers have an up-close view of the pain behind the dairy crisis. They see no sign of better times to come.
Family farms are at the mercy of trade wars, economies of scale and a complex pricing system.
The Great Depression exacerbated conditions for farmers in Wisconsin, causing dairy prices to soar and leading to a period of social unrest that led to the death of one farmer.
Farmers cling to a dream that, for some, has become a nightmare.