Fourth-generation dairy farmer warns economic woes, climate change regulations could end family farms

We’ve been attacked in the dairy industry for a while now,” Stephanie Nash told Fox News. “Instead of educating people through the farmer, 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 연령.

스테파니, 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.

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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,” 그녀는 덧붙였다.

Her father agreed, saying the state tookan adversarial approachwhen it came to dealing with farmers.

They weren’t worried about farmers there,” Steven, 61, 폭스 뉴스에 말했다.

캘리포니아 is the largest agricultural state in the 우리., growing roughly 40% of the country’s vegetables, fruit and nuts, 미국에 따르면. 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.

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