Dairy price plan support gains momentum

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A plan by a group of Vermont dairy farmers to end steep swings in milk prices paid to farmers is gaining support around the country, organizers said Tuesday.

Organizers say the plan would have farmers would pay 15 cents for every hundred pounds of milk they produce into a fund that would be used to market milk internationally and manage the milk supply.

Margaret Huessy-Laggis, of Hardwick, a member of Dairy Farmers Working Together says that last week the California-based Milk Producers Council cooperative said it supported the plan in principle.

Last year, milk prices plummeted to record lows, and farmers grappled with poor weather and high fuel and feed costs.

The Vermont plan would be mandatory.

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