The Imperial Valley scored a victory Aug. 22 when the state approved including the county in changes that reimburse dairy farmers for shipping costs.
The changes make Imperial County more appealing to dairy farmers because they bring some relief to the cost of shipping milk to processing plants, said Jerry Craveiro, owner of Cameiro Hefer Ranch in Brawley.
"It's important to the dairymen because the Valley is so far from milk-processing areas," Craveiro said.
"One reason dairy was not moving here is there's no place to go with milk," said Rudy Schaffner, owner of Schaffner Dairy in Holtville. "This will open up other markets."
The dairy transportation allowance takes effect Sept. 1. The changes also increase the transportation rate from $.32 to $.43 per mile and added San Diego as a new receiving area.