Wisconsin has long been known as “America’s Dairyland,” but the state’s dairy industry has fallen on hard times. Milk prices have been declining for 5 years straight, forcing many farmers to reduce their business operations or close altogether. In 2018, Wisconsin lost 638 dairy farmers, and this year, 212 dairy farms have already closed. Milk and cheese are huge economic forces in the state: the dairy industry contributes $43 billion to Wisconsin’s annual economy. Although milk prices have steadily declined in recent years due to decreased demand for milk products, some Wisconsin dairy farmers are optimistic that the spring season will bring some success. Get the full story here.