The world was turned upside last month for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s winter south of the Equator where Brazil hosted the summer Olympics. That gave me a different perspective on current events.
At issue is a World Health Organization proposal written in January that seeks to prohibit the promotion of milk and milk products to children under the age of three. In April, The National Milk Producers Federation (representing dairy farmers) and the International Dairy Foods Association (representing dairy processors) urged members of Congress to insist upon a more thorough analysis of the proposal.
Between cutbacks from China and an embargo by Russia, their imports dropped 16.3 billion pounds. Meanwhile, global milk supplies expanded. The big question is: How will U.S. processors re-balance their stocks of dairy powders?
Exports of butter to the Middle East are off; Japan, Saudi Arabia, Panama and Mexico cut back on their imports of U.S. cheeses.
August 25, 2015
Domestic consumption of dairy products has been strong throughout 2015 and has helped to offset both increased milk production and declining U.S. exports, reports the National Milk Producers Federation.