Federal aid improving “safety net” for Midwestern dairy farmers

President Donald Trump trails in the polls in Wisconsin and Minnesota, but he is banking on the support of one group whose fortunes have improved somewhat in the past year: dairy farmers.Thanks to reinforcements to the federal dairy safety net and a generous coronavirus-relief package, fewer dairy farmers are going out of business and their outlook has brightened despite the pandemic.“People’s morale has definitely lifted,” said Shelly DePestel, one of the owners of the Lewiston Dairy in southeast Minnesota, one of the state’s largest. “I do think a lot of dairy farmers support Trump, from my …

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