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 southwest Minnesota, one of the state’s largest. “I do think a lot of dairy farmers support Trump, from my limited communication.”
An irony of this new optimism in dairy is that the politician most responsible for the legislation that caused it is a Democrat, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, the chairman of the House Agricultural Committee.
“Collin Peterson is a champion to dairy,” DePestel said. “It’s not about a party thing. It’s