Florida's dairy farmers are losing an average of more than $700,000 a year. It's a $99-million problem statewide.
It Does a Lobby Good
Suggestions from a Senate Agriculture Committee report — requested at the behest of the dairy industry — on ways that the state could help the industry and the environment at the same time:
» Fund the construction of waste-to-energy systems at dairy farms in Okeechobee and Suwannee counties that could generate electricity for nearby state prisons.
» Create incentives for the use of organic fertilizers to improve market demand for manure compost so more dairy farmers would be inclined to invest the capital.