This fact sheet is one in a series intended to answer — with science-based land-grant university research — questions frequently asked by the public about issues and needs affecting agricultural growth, urban expansion, and rural community development in South Dakota. During 2002, the year with latest available USDA figures, livestock production in South Dakota represented 50.7% of total agricultural cash receipts, followed by 42.4% for crops and 6.9% for government payments. Dairy products, at $178,176,000, were fifth of all agricultural cash receipts and were a highly significant portion of the state’s economy. In light of possible dairy expansion in the state, several questions need to be answered. Do dairies add jobs to the labor force and does this depend on the size of the dairy? How do these dairies indirectly affect other industries? How do dairies impact economic development in local communities? Studies on these topics have been conducted in other states, and brief findings are presented. Names of report authors follow the discussion. Refer to the references list at the end of this fact sheet to obtain the full studies.
South Dakota State University
Garcia, Alvaro and Kalscheur, Kenneth, "Dairies and Local Economic Development" (2004). SDSU Extension Fact Sheets. 172.