“We’ve been attacked in the dairy industry for a while now,” Stephanie Nash ha detto a Fox News. “Invece di educare le persone attraverso l'agricoltore, we’re educating them through people that have never farmed and we’re killing off our family farmers.”
Rising costs, labor and supply shortages and little support – in addition to climate change and conservation regulations – are all major obstacles threatening the Nash family, which has been in the dairy farming business for 92 anni.
Stefania, 28, and her father, Steven Nash, moved their almost century-old dairy farm from California’s San Joaquin Valley to Tennessee in 2014 to escape the Golden State’s strict farming regulations and high cost of doing business.
“They regulate us on every step we make,” Stephanie recalled from their time in California. “We’re constantly looked at, constantly manipulated and told what to do, and farmers, especially my dad’s age and older, they don’t want to be told how to farm.”
“Water rights, milk prices, feed prices, regulations on climate change … we had to fight with Los Angeles and San Francisco on every issue,” lei ha aggiunto.
Her father agreed, saying the state took “an adversarial approach” when it came to dealing with farmers.
“They weren’t worried about farmers there,” Steven, 61, ha detto a Fox News.
California is the largest agricultural state in the NOI., growing roughly 40% of the country’s vegetables, fruit and nuts, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is also the biggest producer of dairy and wine. Prone to drought, the state has implemented a state law limiting farmers’ access to water.