North Dakota’s dairy industry has seen brighter days. As of 2014 there are less than 100 dairy farms within the state’s borders.

The North Dakota Dairy Coalition and crop commodity groups are teaming-up to tackle the issue of attracting more farmers to dairy production.

Last Wednesday the groups met in Mandan, N.D.. According to Valley News Live, Harvey Hoff, Richardton, coalition chairman said, “The new bond between the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the dairy coalition shows tremendous promise.”

Agricultural Commissioner Doug Geohring hopes to ensure a sort of “dairy independence” for the state. Goehring plans to focus on using locally-produced milk, helping create jobs as well as revive the industry statewide.