Field Notes: Booming dairy industry leaves small farms behind
This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.
The U.S. dairy industry is changing. Dairy farmers are exporting more milk; they’re getting bigger and more efficient. But as I found out reporting this story, that has left some dairy families behind. In traditional milk producing states like Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois and Nebraska, meeting the growing global demand is tough going for smaller dairy farmers.