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South Dakota pitched Dairy in California - It’s Your Agri Business

by Mark Brown

Bill Zortman interviewed Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch and Marv Post, President of the South Dakota Dairy Producers Association who recently outlined the effort in California where drought and cattle herds are expecting to be trimmed. 

Governor Dennis Daugaard led the mission to Fresno, Calif. and attracted attention from the California media that were intrigued to see South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and North Dakota among the states courting dairy interests. 

Secretary Lentsch said it was his second trip to the California Expo and that the business to business conversation went very well. There are currently 95-thousand dairy cattle in South Dakota and the hope is to double that amount by telling the State’s Story. 

Marv Post explained that the tax breaks in South Dakota, Agriculture being the state’s number one industry, and California is actually discouraging dairy expansion with plans to replace dairy herds with trees that take less water, South Dakota was well-received.