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August 5, 2016

Upper Midwest Ripe for a New Dairy Processing Plant

 |  By: Associated Press

As milk production has increased in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, the Upper Midwest has become ripe for a new dairy processing plant.

What remains to be seen is whether North Dakota's dairy industry, which has been shrinking rather than growing as in neighboring states, will be able to benefit.

"I do believe the whole area will see additional processing capacity," said Marin Bozic, a dairy economist at the University of Minnesota, speaking of the four-state area of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.

Mark Watne of the North Dakota Farmers Union, which led a campaign against industry-requested exemptions to the state anti-corporate farming law for dairy and pork producers, has said low prices are what's leading to dairy closures.