COLUMBUS TOWNSHIP — If you drowned your cereal in milk this morning or downed a big glass of the cold, white drink before heading out the door to school or work, you might want to stop and think about where that milk came from.

Or how much it costs.

And then thank your local dairy farmer.

Dairy farmers have taken a hit for about the past year on the dollar amount they receive for their product. At the same time, costs to keep a herd of dairy cows and operate a dairy or agricultural farm have increased, according to members of the Warren County Farm Bureau.

Members of the farm bureau, along with area politicians and representatives of politicians, gathered Wednesday at the Dave Sekerak farm, East Columbus Avenue, Columbus Township, to air their concerns about the farming industry.

Sekerak said the farm bureau asked him to host the informational meeting because of the site of his farm, which is on a main highway just over the Warren County line. The heavy flow of traffic on Route 6 is proof, he said, that his 210 acres of farmland are in the midst of urban sprawl.

Sekerak keeps 200 Holsteins. Seventy of those are for milking, and the rest are calves and heifers.

See the Journal's Thursday, August 27th edition for full story.

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