The Dairy Industry’s Immigration Problem

A worker connects milking equipment to a cow at Homestead Dairy in Plymouth, Indiana. Photo by Cassidy McDonald

By Cassidy McDonald and Janet Stengle

Doug Leman was born in Francesville, Indiana, and he expects to die in Francesville, Indiana. His family has lived in Francesville for three generations: His parents were dairy farmers. And so were their parents — and their parents’ parents.

Naturally, Leman became a dairy farmer, too. His four sons grew up helping with his 800-cow herd and he planned to pass the farm on to them. “Our goal was to build something so our sons would have a future,” he said. Continue reading “The Dairy Industry’s Immigration Problem”