After years of heavy recruitment to the region, milk production has outgrown available processing capacity.
Recent rallies in the grain market have brought some optimism to economists like Cortney Cowley of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, but those bright spots are still being shadowed by worries about the farm debt situation.
Northeast dairy farmers who have been strapped for months by low milk prices say a voluntary insurance program that was supposed to be a safety net isn't helping.
As a result farmers in the Northeast and Midwest are dumping milk.
Chris Noble is the recipient of this year's Tomorrow's Top Producer Horizon Award. Watch this video to learn more about his operation.
Immigration is weighing heavily on politics right now and dairy farmers have expressed both support and fear of Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric regarding immigration.