Ron Gibson is always eager to show off his bustling Spanish onions — 130 acres of them, to be exact — on his family’s farm just west of Ogden, Utah.
“I like to come over here and just look at them,” said Gibson, who is also the president of the Utah Farm Bureau. “It’s a break from what’s going on over there,” he says, gazing to the south side of his property that’s been farmed by his family for 149 years. “Over there” is the large building his 1,500 dairy cows are milked in every day.
Times have been difficult for Gibson and dairy farmers across the country the past couple years. Dropping milk prices and a disappearing labor force have forced thousands of US dairy farms to close.