State of the Dairy Industry


MP3 download of workshop audio from MOSES 2019. PowerPoint slides from the presentation may be available on the conference website.

Workshop Session: Friday III

The dairy industry is broken. Wisconsin lost over 600 farms in 2018. Dairy production has changed tremendously in the last 50 years with larger farms, corporate ownership, and reduced demand that’s creating markets flush with product on both the conventional and organic side. We’ll cover the issues and share ways we can pull together to advocate for change.

Patty Edelburg owns and operates Front-Page Holsteins with 120 cows and 400 acres of corn and alfalfa. She is vice president of the National Farmers Union.

Darin Von Ruden owns a 230-acre organic dairy farm in Wisconsin. He is president of Wisconsin Farmers Union and secretary of National Farmers Union.