ROCHESTER, Minn. - Despite falling milk prices, some local youth are excited to enter the dairy industry.Friday at the Olmsted County Fair, Future Farmers of America participants showed their heiffers at the FFA dairy show. Some of them aspire to be dairy farmers some day.
"It's kind of been ingrained in me that we have to be the future of the dairy industry," explains FFA participant, this year's Olmsted County Dair Princess, and 4th generation farm kid Anna Sachs. "Because a lot of dairy farms these days aren't being able to survive."
Milk prices are on the decline in recent years. According to the June 2018 U.S. Department of Agriculture report, dairy farmers are making 50 cents less per hundredweight of milk than they were a year ago.
It's the hard times America's dairy farmers are facing that inspire Sachs to pursue dairy farming and to encourage others to do the same.
"I want to be that hope for the next generation that even though there's hard times right now, that you can still prosper and make a herd and be able to advocate for what you believe in," says Sachs.