U.S. dairy farmers dump milk as pandemic upends food markets

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CHICAGO (Reuters) – Dairy farmer Jason Leedle felt his stomach churn when he got the call on Tuesday evening.

FILE PHOTO: The milking parlor at the Eble family’s Golden E Dairy farm near West Bend, Wisconsin, U.S., April 1, 2020. Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/USA TODAY via REUTERS

“We need you to start dumping your milk,” said his contact from Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), the largest U.S. dairy cooperative.

Despite strong demand for basic foods like dairy products amid the coronavirus pandemic, the milk supply chain has seen a host of disruptions that are preventing dairy farmers from getting their

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