Kristi Noem has complained about thieving corporate meatpackers. Maybe she needs to go on the warpath against big corporate milk-packers, who have apparently driven Larchwood, Iowa, dairy Stensland Family Farms out of bottling milk:
Leah Stensland, with Stensland Family Farms said inflation played a significant role in the decision.
“With today’s labor costs, and material costs, and all of that and honestly getting choked out by the big corporate companies. Milk prices have skyrocketed, and we just cannot get the value we need out of the product anymore,” said Leah Stensland, Stensland Family Farms.
…Stensland Family Farms last bottling day will officially be September 6th, with last deliveries to various retail locations on September 8th [Baylee Peterson, “Stensland Family Farms to Discontinue Bottling Milk,” KSFY, 2023.08.29].
In January, Food and Water Watch published a report noting that 83% of milk sales are marketed by three big dairy coops: DFA, Land O’ Lakes, and California Dairies, that only 30% of U.S. milk is produced on family-scale farms (those with fewer than 500 dairy cows; Stensland’s herd is 200+), and that from 1997 to 2017, the U.S. lost 64% of its family-scale dairies
The Stensland Dairy will focus on producing ice cream, cheese curds, and other non-liquid products.
Related Dairy News: Dairy Queen will be promoting its fall flavors by offering Blizzards for 85 cents (!!!) September 11–24. But you can only get the deal through the DQ app on your phone.