AgWeb posted an article this week on changes in the dairy industry across the US. California is still the number one dairy producer, but dairy production has remained flat in California due to the 4-year drought. Growth in other states has been significant, particularly in places where processing capacity has increased. Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Michigan and Indiana are among the leaders in milk output gains since 2010; in the Southeast, Florida and Georgia have bucked the region’s declining milk trend, with Florida climbing nearly 18% since 2010.
One concern for future growth in the central US is the condition of the Ogallala aquifer, which is depleting rapidly in some areas and may inhibit their ability to produce feed for the cattle. You can read the story here.