La Lucha del Lechero (The fight of the farmer)

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According to the CDC, Latinos are the group most vulnerable to COVID-19. They are also a crucial part of Hopkins County’s dairy industry. Here’s why they’re worth the fight. 

 

  • Latino workers milk cows at Still Meadow Dairy, one of Hopkins County’s largest. While there have been no documented outbreaks of COVID-19 on Texas dairy farms, Hispanic populations remain most at-risk for the virus due to a host of social factors. Staff photo by Taylor Nye
    Latino workers milk cows at Still Meadow Dairy, one of Hopkins County’s largest. While there have been no documented outbreaks of COVID-19 on Texas dairy farms, Hispanic populations remain most at-risk for the virus due to a host of social factors. Staff photo by Taylor Nye
  • There are more than 6,000 head of cattle at Still Meadow Dairy. Many dairies in Hopkins County would fail to function if its Latino immigrant workers fell ill with COVID-19. Staff photo by Taylor
    There are more than 6,000 head of cattle at Still Meadow Dairy. Many dairies in Hopkins County would fail to function if its Latino immigrant workers fell ill with COVID-19. Staff photo by Taylor
Disponible en español: haga clic aquí Hopkins County is nationally famous for its dairy. Texas is currently the No. 5 state in U.S. milk production, according to the Dairy Farmers of America, and Hopkins itself is home to approximately 40 dairy farms, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Mario Villarino. As COVID-19 descended upon rural Hopkins in the last months, milk producers…

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