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County dairy farmer Jason Raymond has seen his dairy income drop dramatically in the past six months. Photo by Jeff Holmquist

Area dairy farm prospects curdle under economic stress

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Jason Raymond always loved farming. So when he started to research ideas for a future career, dairy farming seemed like a good idea at the time.


Little did he know he'd be riding an economic roller coaster for more than a decade.

Raymond, who milks 100 head of dairy cows in rural New Richmond, is one of dozens of producers in St. Croix County who have experienced the ups and downs of the farming industry over the past few months.

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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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