Over 2.5 billion pounds of unsold red meat and poultry continue to fill U.S. warehouses as the stockpile reaches record highs. According to new federal data from\u00a0the United States Department of Agriculture, warehouses storing\u00a0surplus pork, beef, turkey, and chicken are nearing maximum capacity. The surplus of meat is attributed partly to trade disputes, following the Trump administration's tariffs on Mexican and Chinese steel, amongst other goods. In retaliation, Mexico and China have imposed their own tariffs, making it harder for the U.S. to export animal products. The surplus is also the result of a domestic shift away from animal products.\u00a0With more Americans opting for a plant-based diet, demand for meat has dwindled. Dairy consumption has also plummeted in the country. In June, the U.S. cheese stockpile\u00a0"hit an all-time high"\u00a0with the amount of cheese in reserves 16 percent higher than in 2016. According to\u00a0The Washington Post, this is the biggest domestic reserve of cheese varieties on record. The news comes a year after reports from\u00a0Market Watch revealed that America's dairy milk stockpile was higher than ever, with 78 million gallons left over in 2017. As yet more proof that the dairy industry is suffering, 338 dairy farms in Wisconsin\u00a0closed down this year, amid the rise of vegan options. The biggest producer of dairy in the U.S., the state of Wisconsin, previously boasted 16,264 dairy farms; today, the total number sits at only 8,463. Some U.S. producers are beginning to scale back as a result of these industry\u00a0changes, reports the\u00a0Wall Street Journal.\u00a0Jim Heimerl, president of the National Pork Producers Council (NPCC), recently admitted that hog farmers\u00a0"now face large financial losses and contraction... That means less income for pork producers and, ultimately, some of them going out of business." The stockpile level is so extreme that, according to the Wall Street Journal, the USDA has suggested a tax-payer funded welfare system for farmers.\u00a0"The USDA has examined drawing upon Depression-era\u00a0programs that\u00a0permit borrowing of as\u00a0much as $30 billion from the Treasury as a way to compensate farmers for tariff-driven\u00a0price declines,"\u00a0the publication noted. Regardless of whether the proposed system moves forward, it remains clear that more animal products are being produced than can be sold.