In trying to lure dairies, only one state brought a governor

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TULARE, Calif. -- A number of states came to World Ag Expo this week to lure dairy farmers away from California, but only one brought a governor.

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard visited for the second year in a row, touting the state’s dairy-processing facilities, lower feed cost, higher milk prices, and no state income tax.

“We’ve got lower feed costs than California, higher milk prices – on average, about $3 a hundredweight, sometimes as much as $4 a hundredweight better,” he told Dairy Herd Management. “And, of course, the tax environment is very good. We have no personal income tax, no corporate income tax.”

“The dairy-processing facilities that we have in South Dakota are expanding or being joined by new dairy-processing facilities,” he said.

For example, Bell Brands USA is constructing a new cheese plant near Brookings, S.D., that is expected to be up to full production sometime in 2014. The $100 million facility will employ 365 to 400 people.

Last year’s trip to World Ag Expo helped Gov. Daugaard make the acquaintance of a prominent California dairyman who will be opening a 3,500-head dairy near Brookings, S.D., this spring.

This year, he will visit other California dairymen who may be interested in moving to South Dakota.

Among the other states or regions represented at this year’s World Ag Expo: Kansas, Iowa, North Dakota, Nevada, Illinois and Dalhart, Texas. 

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Loren Lopes    
California  |  February, 15, 2013 at 08:42 AM

Our Governor Jerry Brown is busy finding new money to balance the budget and has allowed the California Deptment of Agriculture to facilitate a Banana Republic milk pricing system that is driving dairy producers out of business and next out the state. Karen Ross is in charge but condons the whole railroading of dairy producers as what it is and has formed an industry task force to come up with a solution.

Ed & Emma    
MA  |  February, 22, 2013 at 05:46 AM

When you are "big enough" you can make money at almost any's called the "last man standing" Tony Bos may be one of the "last men standing" in this dairy shootout with the smallest of us continuing to fall...Now his empire has extended into South Dakota with another little 3500 cow farm...

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