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Bloomberg: Trump's Deportation Plan Would Cripple Dairy Industry

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Idaho ranks No. 3 in the nation for milk production,  supporting Idaho's economy with at least 23,000 jobs. - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • Idaho ranks No. 3 in the nation for milk production, supporting Idaho's economy with at least 23,000 jobs.


According to a report from Bloomberg News, if Donald Trump gets his way, deporting undocumented workers from the U.S. would deal a devastating blow to Idaho's third largest industry: dairy. According to a survey from Texas A&M University, commissioned by the National Milk Producers Federation, "a complete loss of immigrant labor could mean the elimination of more than 7,000 dairy farms and 208,000 jobs" and a "reduction of in milk production by almost 50 billion pounds."

Gordon Speirs, president of the Dairy Business Association told Bloomberg that Trump's immigration stance "scares the hell out of me," yet he said he would still be more inclined to vote for Trump than Hillary Clinton because he agrees with Trump on other issues.

"Without immigrant labor, dairies would close, output would drop and consumers would pay almost twice as much for milk," Speirs told Bloomberg.

Idaho ranks No. 3 in the nation for milk production, supporting Idaho's economy with at least 23,000 jobs and contributing $2.2 billion to Idaho's gross domestic product, according to the University of Idaho.