Ag Secretary Warns That Family Farms Might Not Survive Factory Farm Takeover
America’s family dairy farms might not survive the takeover of factory farming, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters on Tuesday.
After attending the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin, Perdue said that small-time dairy farmers in the state are struggling to make ends meet if they are milking fewer than 100 cows, according to The Hill.
“In America, the big get bigger and the small go out,” Perdue told reporters. “I don’t think in America we, for any small business, we have a guaranteed income or guaranteed profitability.”
He added that the 2018 farm bill will be helpful but likely won’t be enough for small farms that continue struggling to compete.
The Associated Press reported that more than 550 dairy farms have shut down operations in Wisconsin so far this year, along with 638 that closed in 2018 and 465 the year before.
Asked on Tuesday about President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, Perdue told reporters that the Chinese are “cheaters”: “They toyed us into being more dependent on their markets than them on us. That’s what the problem has been. They can’t expect to come into our country freely and fairly without opening up their markets.”