MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Every year June is dubbed ‘Dairy Month,’ during which, consumers and producers alike celebrate the farmers who work tirelessly to provide us with milk and dairy products. An important staple in the American diet, milk is known to be nutrient dense and filled with protein. As such, consumers usually stock up on this item when they know they maybe forced to stay at home for an extended period of time.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder about how important our food supply chain is,” said Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation President Mark Amato. “Making sure that our stores have milk and other products that consumers desire has been a challenge as plants cannot just repurpose themselves from cheese to fluid milk on a moment’s notice. As such, we have seen stores with no fluid milk and yet, our dairy producers have sometimes been forced to dump milk, which is heartbreaking.”
Prior to COVID-19, there was large demand for cheese and other processed milk products by the restaurant industry. But as the stay at home orders set in, consumers switched to purchasing more fluid milk at grocery stores, which created some strain on the supply chain.
“Representatives of the dairy industry, including American Farm Bureau, have stepped up to the plate and have been advocating on behalf of the farmer to talk about solutions and ask for workable solutions,” Amato said. “Every day, dairy farmers are producing more milk and working to provide our consumers with the products they desire.”
For more than a century, MFBF and American Farm Bureau Federation have advocated on behalf of farmers and provided them with support. To join online and show your support for the Massachusetts dairy producers, please visit http://www.farmbureau.co/
To understand more about the challenges of milk production during COVID-19, please visit: https://www.fb.org/viewpoints/
–Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation
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