By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
Remember the “Got Milk?” ad campaign?
For dairy farmers in seven states in the Southeast, the answer is unequivocal: No.
In 1995, Tennessee had 1,544 dairy farms; it has 375 now, says University of Tennessee at Knoxville professor of animal science Stephen Oliver.
Grainger County veterinarian Mike Tarrier, who specializes in treating cows, told Tennessee Watchdog 25 percent of the state’s existing dairy farms will have gone out of business by 2017.
Why? The federal government wants to know, and it’s spending $3 million in taxpayer money to find out.