How can I, as a consumer, help American dairy farmers?

I am providing 3 of the several possible ways a consumer can contribute to fair and sustainability returns for the dairy farmers:

  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. Run on-line consumer communities for dairy farmers and find out how they would like to be helped