Two issues may keep Imperial County from wooing more dairies to the area: summer's heat and lack of groundwater, dairyman Geoffrey Vanden Heuvel said.
Vanden Heuvel of Chino and an industry consultant, was part of a dozen dairymen from Chino and Corona who came to the Valley Monday to explore relocating here.
California is the largest dairy-producing state, but as urban areas grow, dairymen are being squeezed out.
Dairymen in the Chino-Corona area are having problems with environmentalists and nearby residents who complain of the dairies' odors, even though the dairies were there first, Imperial County Farm Bureau Executive Director Steve Pastor said.
The dairymen said they are being offering $150,000 an acre by developers for their land, which makes moving feasible.
Imperial County is trying to lure the Chino-Corona dairymen to this area through its Dairy Attraction Committee. Reps. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, and Ken Calvert, R-Riverside, attended Monday's luncheon and encouraged the dairymen to consider moving to Imperial County.