When we pour a glass of milk, most of us don’t consider the economics that brought that milk from a cow to our kitchen. Reporter-producer Allison Salerno visited two women, friends and neighbors in Georgia, who both grew up and spent their working lives on dairy farms. One woman watched this spring as auctioneers sold her family’s cows and farm equipment. The other dairy woman has changed her business model to stay afloat. Their way of life is rapidly disappearing in Georgia and throughout rural America as milk prices remain low.

The Ferdia Farm auction, spring 2018
Southern Swiss Dairy milk at the Emory University cafeteria.

Allison Salerno is an independent writer and producer based in Athens, GA. 


Music in this episode is by Woody Sullender, Part three of  Live at ISSUE 5/22/10 

Georgia Milk Producers

University of Georgia Extension     

Southern Swiss Dairy