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OPINION The phrase “big dairy” is often used to depersonalize dairy farmers and imply some large, faceless force foisting an agenda. Consolidation has occurred in agriculture for generations and family farms are expanding. But about three-quarters of U.S. dairy farms have fewer than 100 cows on them, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture.
The U.S. dairy industry stands to lose significant market share in Japan if it can’t gain the same footing as its competitors.
The EU, New Zealand and Japan have already secured trade agreements with Japan, putting U.S. dairy at a disadvantage.
The program will address worker well-being, environmental stewardship and animal care.