Dairy industry struggling in Washington, but proud legacy drives Chehalis family farm
CHEHALIS, Wash. – The nation’s economy is booming right now with a 4% unemployment rate, but that doesn’t mean every industry is growing. Dairy farms are disappearing across the nation, including Washington. According to the USDA and the Washington State Agriculture Bureau, there were 1,021 dairy farms in Washington in 1997, 823 in 2007 and just 387 today.