Recently over the past few months things have gotten progressively worse for many dairy farmers. Milk prices aren’t what they used to be, and many local milk plants that farmers sell their milk to are closing down, making some farms have to close as well. Our farm has been pretty lucky that our plant that we send our milk to is still running but across the border, not so far away from us in PA many have been affected.
This is why a local dairy farmer (one that also happens to work for my mom), also the one that had the fire I mentioned before, is trying to change that. Just the other day there was a meeting of county executives along with the farmer (and her husband I think???”) along with a few other people that I don’t fully remember. But anyway, they were meeting because these farmers are trying to start their own milk plant for the farms in Pennsylvania that have been affected by recent closings.
Dairy farmers are some of the stubbornest people I’ve ever met in my life, and I’m sure some would probably say I’m included in that. But even though sometimes stubbornness isn’t a good thing, there are many times when it is. Especially when it is applied to doing everything they can to let the world know that farmers won’t go away easily, and when they will do everything they possibly can before, if they ever, give in and let the dairy industry fade away. And while us dairy farmers persist, the dairy industry continues on, and somehow will for a long time to come.