"Room for everyone – it is a nice sentiment. I’m not sure that it’s true. In 1997, there were 22,500 dairy farms in Wisconsin. Fewer than 10,000 of these farms remain today.
During the same time period, the number of largest CAFOs has doubled. Proposals for 5,000- and even 10,000-cow mega-dairies are emerging, and recently plans surfaced for an out-of-state 16,000-unit hog operation. As an organization that believes we need more farms not fewer, Wisconsin Farmers Union is troubled by this farm exodus.
Did the 12,500 farms that exited from farming during the last 20 years feel that there was a place for them in today’s agricultural economy? Apparently not."
Read Kara O'Connors article in agriview.com here.