Can Milk Save South Carolina Budget Woes?

State prison farms in South Carolina are organizing under one operation to help save taxpayers and improve dairy production processes.

A state prison will soon be home to South Carolina's largest dairy under one roof, as a $7 million expansion quadruples the herd at a prison farm and allows the state to sell millions of gallons of excess milk.

"Hopefully, it will be the best run dairy in the state," said Bert Dew, the agency's agriculture chief.

Other states should take note on possible ways to generate additional revenue through agriculture.

South Carolina is among 17 states nationwide with prison farms. Besides South Carolina, eight others have dairy operations - California, Colorado, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin, according to the National Correctional Industries Association's latest survey.