Your Letters: Dairy farmers go broke while foreign-owned processors get rich
Few people who read this will remember that the dairy processors enjoy a "make allowance." This is basically a built-in margin between what they pay the farmer for milk and what they receive for the finished product. This make allowance was not just handed to them; they worked and lobbied for it in the federal order reform. The rate was set at about the time energy prices were at their highest. I am not aware of another industry that has a profit margin supported by the USDA.
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