Farm interests seek milk hauling law repeal

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Dairy cooperatives and the state’s top agriculture official are urging the Legislature to repeal or delay a law that would require milk companies to pay to transport milk, rather than farmers.

They say the law puts Vermont farmers at a disadvantage when selling milk outside of Vermont.

The law was passed last year when dairy farmers were getting near record low prices for milk.

Addison County Senator Harold Giard is a key supporter of the bill. Giard says he would agree to move the law’s effective date back several months. The bill would have gone into affect on next January 15th.

The new rule relies on other states taking similar action. The delay would give those states where farmers pay the hauling cost time to implement such a change.

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