California Dairy Operators Lured By Other States

TULARE — Faced with continued low milk prices and high feed costs, California dairy operators are increasingly being wooed by states offering cheaper costs and expanding markets.
Texas, Nevada, South Dakota, North Dakota, Illinois and Kansas were among states at the World Ag Expo in Tulare this week trying to entice California dairies and anyone else interested in relocating.
California, like many other states, has been hit hard by a sagging dairy economy. Dozens of dairies have shut down in the San Joaquin Valley, the heart of the state’s dairy industry.
Although the visiting states have been at the ag expo before, their pitch this year has taken on a new tone.

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