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In 1962, the average American consumed the equivalent of 647 pounds of milk* from dairy foods. This per-capita consumption proceeded to dip over the years but it’s almost all the way back to those earlier levels. 

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Pete Kappleman is a fourth-generation Wisconsin dairy farmer who now serves as senior vice president of member and government relations for Land O’Lakes.

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In Pete Kappleman’s home state of Wisconsin, licensed dairy farm numbers fell by 818 last year. In neighboring Minnesota, where Land O’Lakes is headquartered, the number of licensed dairy farms declined by 328.

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With its heavy dependence on the fluid milk market, no part of the country is a bigger cauldron of emotion than the Southeast.

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Lynda Foster operates a 180-cow, Lely robot dairy with her family near Fort Scott, Kansas. A member of Dairy Farmers of America (and Progressive Dairy’s editorial adviser board), she admits to being an eternal optimist.

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The two dairy behemoths on the opposite ends of the Southwest – Texas and California – have been on somewhat divergent paths over the past couple of years. Entering 2019, however, producers in both states share some common economic concerns.

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