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Local organic dairies withering under huge jumps in production costs

KRCB Northern California Public Media

Written by Marc Albert

After decades of growing demand, drought and a far-away war are laying low local organic dairy farmers and processors.  Without cash soon, it’s feared several local dairy operators may soon close up shop.

“We have a drought crisis that is extreme,” said Albert Straus, founder and CEO of Straus Family Creamery and something of the dean of sustainable animal agriculture. “Of the one hundred and six organic dairies in California, ten have gone out of business in the last few months, and there’s another ten that are expected to go out of business before the end of the year, or by spring at least,” he said.

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