Dairy farmers hold out hope for trade dealSubmitted: 10/25/2016
MILWAUKEE - The trade deal known as the Trans Pacific Partnership has taken a pounding on the presidential campaign trail. But, at least one group is holding out hope for the pact " Wisconsin dairy producers

They see nothing but advantages from a deal that could increase exports at a time when their cows are producing more milk than ever in an over-saturated domestic market.

Per capita consumption of dairy products by Americans isn't expected to grow much in the near future, making overseas markets increasingly important. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says milk consumption dropped 3.7 percent from 2013 to 2014.

Kenneth Wunderlin is treasurer of the FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative board in Madison. The Livingston dairy farmer says TPP would continue the trend of past trade agreements which have been key factors in rising dairy exports.

Story By: Associated Press

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