I am providing 3 of the several possible ways a consumer can contribute to fair and sustainability returns for the dairy farmers:
- Buy value added dairy products that are produced locally. That way you encourage US farmers taking up more value added production (cheese, ice-creams among others) and increase their returns. This could also increases prices for fresh milk (as a greater volume of milk would be used for processed products than now)
- Pay more for the milk you buy and demand your retail channel that these payments are transferred to the farmers or the cooperatives that are supplying the milk.
- Run on-line consumer communities for dairy farmers and find out how they would like to be helped