The Last Minutes of Sunrise.
In 2009, during the height of the United States economic recession, the agriculture industry took a hard hit. As the price of feed skyrocketed and the surplus of milk and its byproducts created low dairy prices, many dairy farms in the U.S. were forced into drastic changes. Many of the northern Minnesota family farms that were once able to sustain themselves were sold and relocated to large corporate operations. This essay explores the daily life of a family that has lasted through the initial crisis, the last generation of family-owned and operated dairy farmers.