Cliff Averted, But Farmers Still Waiting For New Dairy Policy

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Some members of the Senate are patting themselves on the back for not only averting the fiscal cliff, but skirting what some have called the "dairy cliff." At the start of the New Year, the milk pricing system would have shifted back to an antiquated formula, raising prices and causing havoc on the market.

That’s because the provisions of the last Farm bill were expiring and Congress failed to pass a new one. But at the last minute an agreement was struck to the extend the current farm bill and keep in place the Milk Income Loss Contract program which offers payments to farmers when the price of milk falls too low.

VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb speaks with Clark Hinsdale III, a dairy farmer and President of the Vermont Farm Bureau.

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