From the Visalia Times-Delta:

If dairy producers don't start getting paid more for their milk, the dairy industry in Tulare County could die out, according to local dairy owners.

But those prices may change, depending on the outcome of a hearing with the California Department of Food and Agriculture on May 31 and June 1 that will determine if the price of whey should go up.

Whey, which is a main component of cheese, makes up about 40 percent of California dairy production. California dairies petitioned the CDFA, which sets milk prices, to raise the price of whey so that it is comparable to the Federal Order that many other states use, said Cornell Kasbergen, owner of Rancho Teresita Dairy in Tulare.

The CDFA will have 62 days to announce its determination after the hearings, although Kasbergen said in the past the department has not ruled in favor of dairy farmers.

"[The CDFA] has not been very sympathetic to dairy producers, they're more sympathetic to processors," Kasbergen said. "But I think now we're at a crossroads."

For more, see: Tulare County dairymen want more money for milk