New classes, including cheese curds, being added to World Championship Cheese Competition

Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 8:18 AM CST
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - During the last fiscal year the U.S. exported more agricultural products than ever before with $173.5 billion in sales. U.S. farm exports in 2022 are expected to higher yet. But still some farm groups are frustrated the Biden Administration isn’t moving faster on making new trade deals around the world. Those farm groups, led by the Farmers For Free Trade claim that since 2010 the U.S. is lagging behind other countries in negotiating new bilateral and multilateral trade deals. In the last ten years, China has done ten trade deals, the European Union and Canada have each done eight, Japan has completed seven while the U.S. has only negotiated four new trade deals. They claim if the U.S. continues at the current pace other countries will define the path of global trade rules, standards and practices.

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When the World Championship Cheese Competition returns to Madison next spring some new classes will be judged—one of them being cheese curds. Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Director John Umhoefer said that’s because curds are fast becoming a sensation all over, not just in Wisconsin and the Midwest. Other new categories will be regular and flavored cream cheeses, semi-soft cheeses and a category for cheese with blue molding. The contest will be held March 1-3 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center.

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