By Terry Kovarik
Those raised on dairy farms in Door and Kewaunee Counties who want to take over the family business are hindered by economic factors. Steve Baxter, Door County Farm Bureau President, says he’s seeing an increase in young people who’ve graduated from college coming back to the farm. This comes as Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection found that the number of dairy farms declined by nearly 430 this year. That’s the most since 2013. Baxter says younger people may find it hard to get the money they need to run a farm.
Baxter says the loss of any farm is hard in Door and Kewaunee Counties because farms in both counties are known for high-quality production.