By Mark Kanz
Brain drain has been something businesses in our area have been battling for years. It happens when kids are born and raised here and then leave for college. Many never come back. Lee Kinnard of Kinnard Farms in Casco says the growth of dairy businesses like his have been bringing local kids back to the farm.
Kinnard employs 86 people and says some of the young talent on his staff have done well in other industries, but jumped at the chance to return home and get back into agriculture. He says the scholarship program the farm sponsors has helped him communicate with students before they leave for college. The Kinnards recently won a national award for sustainability and Lee says sustainability can include people too.