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Expert says new dairy processing facility a win for Michigan farmers

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There’s a new $555 million dairy processing plant planned for St. Johns, north of Lansing.

The Lansing State Journal reports economic development types were calling it:

“A huge deal not only for the region but for the state overall," and "a new level of ag tech production that’s going to enormously impact the entire dairy ecosystem of the whole state.”

Christopher Wolf is a professor in the Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics department at Michigan State University. He joined Stateside to give us some insight into the new facility.

Wolf said that Michigan’s milk production has “outgrown the processing capacity,” and that dairy farmers are glad to see plans for the new plant moving forward.

“Everybody’s been waiting for kind of the light at the end of the tunnel. And so I think people are happy to hear it, but you know cautiously optimistic and hoping to make it to the point where it’s going to be beneficial," he explained. 

Listen above to hear about what the plant could mean for Michigan’s dairy industry.

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