Supporting Farmers During Challenging Times

Over the last several weeks, the dairy industry has experienced increased turmoil. We’ve heard about milk being dumped, grocery stores limiting purchases, markets sliding, and processors asking farms for reduced milk production. What is going on and what can we do?  The “Grain, Beef, & Cow Markets” webinar on April 30, from 1 – 2:30 p.m., is hosted by UW-Madison Extension, and will be the third webinar in the “Farm Management Through a Crisis: Part of the Supporting Farmers During Challenging Times Series”.

April 30 Agenda:

  • COVID-19 Impacts on Protein & Grain Markets, Dr. Brenda Boetel, Professor and Department Chair of Agricultural Economics, and Agricultural Marketing Specialist UW-River Falls/UW-Madison Division of Extension
  • How COVID-19 is Impacting Livestock Markets, Curt Larson, President & CEO, Equity Cooperative
  • Current Situation of the Packing Industry, Steve Van Lannen, President & COO, American Foods Group

There is no charge for the webinar, and it is open to everyone who has an interest in this topic.

Please register for this free webinar at: deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April, 29. Connection information will be emailed before 9:30 a.m. on April 30.

Please direct any questions to Extension Agriculture Educators Steph Plaster at or Amber O’Brien at

This program is sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension with special support from the following Extension Educators: Amber O’Brien, Calumet County; Scott Gunderson, Manitowoc County; Kevin Jarek & Sarah Grotjan, Outagamie County; Scott Reuss, Marinette County; Kimberly Schmidt, Shawano County; Aerica Bjurstrom, Kewaunee County; Liz Binversie, Brown County; Greg Blonde, Waupaca County; John Thompson, Winnebago County; Joe Zimbric, Fond du Lac & Dodge Counties; Tina Kohlman, Fond du Lac County; Mike Ballweg, Sheboygan County; and Steph Plaster, Ozaukee & Washington Counties.