U.S. fluid milk production is falling short of meeting the needs of its citizens, at least in 26 states. Each of those 26 states produces less than 300 pounds of milk per person, the threshold for meeting fluid and soft dairy product needs. Most of the southeastern U.S. fall into this category, with Nevada and Montana included, in addition to most of the eastern seaboard and Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois.
Meanwhile, much of the remaining U.S. is a net exporter of milk and dairy products, meaning they meet and exceed the amount of milk needed to meet in-state demand. Texas, Wyoming, North Dakota, Ohio and Maine fall under the net importer category, meaning they fill fluid milk needs but not all dairy product sales. Some states, such as Indiana, have grown milk production per cow exponentially.
Idaho, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Vermont and New Mexico lead the nation as the largest exporters. For dairy farmers navigating uncertain milk sales,
Dairy Revenue Protection remains a great peace-of-mind policy to insure again unexpected declines.
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