The drop in wholesale milk prices and the steadily increasing power of giant dairy cooperatives have many small dairy farmers in the U.S. selling off their herds, discouraging their children from continuing their way of life, and an increasing number committing suicide.
Last month, a meeting was organized in Woodhull by Anthony Marco, a Steuben County dairy farmer who is demanding action from state and federal representatives. Speaking to Ian Golden, one of the Democrats running to be the party’s challenger to Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) Marco said, “With our milk checks, they’ve started including suicide prevention hotline numbers,”
Marco added, “If Walmart started sending letters home with their employees saying ‘If you can’t deal with working for us, here’s some suicide phone numbers,’ everyone would be up in arms. But with us, nobody cares.”