This new wave of farmers left their successful but limited farms in the Netherlands to build new, bigger, and better farms in the United States. Unfortunately for some of these farmers, the American dream turned into a nightmare. Skyrocketing feed prices combined with plummeting milk prices to making it impossible to make ends meet. As stated by Dutch farmer Edward Reuling, referring the last half of the decade:
Cows were more expensive, feed was more expensive. We couldn't make any profit at that time.
Indiana too has seen an influx of Dutch dairy farmers in the past decade. Some of these farms have weathered the economic storm. And unfortunately, some have been forced to go back to the Netherlands, as the article states, "penniless." Let's hope better days are ahead.
A link to the Marketplace story is below:
Program to lure Dutch dairy farmers to U.S. turns sour | Marketplace From American Public Media