No, Jeff your right, its not about state borders, it is about knowing your ingredients and being sustainable. At the same time i'm ecstatic that there are people like the brothers at St joseph's Abby and Valley Malt etc. that are doing what they are doing, making it more and more local.
Btw I'm sure you noticed I'm a new AHA member. Nice to meet you! I have a wonderful partner who got me the membership for my birthday this past week. She has been making mead for twenty years and inspired my homebrewing.