- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
- Illinois GOP Congressional delegation: Obama’s immigration plan undermines rule of law
- Suspect, 17, charged in Halloween hit-and-run in Roscoe
- Saint Anthony College of Nursing president to retire
- Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane
- ‘The Price is Right Live!’ at Coronado March 1; tickets on sale Nov. 21
Stop the destruction of family dairy farms
There have been multiple county farm bureaus that have shown support for the effort to stop the mega-dairy in Jo Daviess County. They have written letters to the state farm bureau and paid their dues in protest—protesting the policy of mega-dairy recruitment into Illinois.
The first mega-dairy recruited by FB, located between Bloomington and Champaign, has done what smaller dairies have feared. It has invaded their market, displacing at least 15 family dairies in the area. These family dairies have had to pay more shipping charges on their milk to reach a market, while the processors pay the mega-dairy $2.50 more than the family dairies and lowered the family dairy over order premium by $.60.
We must stop this destruction of our family dairy farms and FB by a few within the organization. Will Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties wake up? Milk prices are just terrible, and many dairy men are going out of business. Those who are left will fight to the end because they really have nothing left to lose. The entire problem is the over-production of mega-dairies like Bos, Inc. (60+ corporations).
The mega-dairy issue is a battle for the environment and the family farm economy, and should not be turned over to the first guy who buys you a drink at the bar.
From the October 21-27, 2009 issue