A collection of stories on "Dairy: Pennsylvania's Largest Agricultural Sector," winner of the 2021 Professional Keystone Media Award: Weekly General News Publications, News Beat Reporting, First Place.
Over a contentious two and a half hours March 5 at a Chester County farm, a group of dairy farmers slammed the checkoff’s priorities, while checkoff leaders struggled to convince the farmers that current strategies are cost-effective and up to date.
The dairy industry could lose $5 billion to $10 billion over the next six months, and farmers could dump a substantial amount of milk in April, as coronavirus shutdowns slash demand for milk products.
The Dairy Future Commission has a broad mandate to suggest improvements to marketing, regulation, cost of production and current issues — in short, anything that can be done to help the state’s largest ag sector find more secure footing.
In a matter of months, South Mountain Creamery in Middletown, Maryland, has provided solutions for two big challenges — a closed dairy plant and pandemic-fueled grocery disruption — and has positioned itself for an unexpected but promising new chapter in business.