The county Board of Supervisors received an update Tuesday on efforts by the dairy attraction committee.
Lauren Grizzle, executive director of the Imperial County Farm Bureau and the Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association, thanked the board for its support of the committee's efforts.
"I'm very optimistic we're going to see a new dairy down here within the next 12 months," she said. "The indications that we have are that we should attain that."
Grizzle said the county's single largest commodity is hay, which could be used to feed dairy cows. In 1999 it was grown on 172,771 acres, with a value of $118.6 million. Some of the committee's efforts include the development of promotional materials, "quite extensive" discussions with five dairy owners targeted for relocation or start-up, the hosting of a luncheon in Ontario with 35 dairymen, attending a farm show in Tulare and working on obtaining a regional general dairy waste discharge permit from the state Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board.