Vermont could lose dairy farms

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Some lawmakers worry that without a new infusion of cash to farmers, Vermont could lose 10 to 15% of its dairy farms this spring.

That’s because the price of milk remains low and expenses have been rising quickly.

The House Agriculture Committee is hoping to recommend nearly $4 million in emergency payments through the spring.

Chairman David Zuckerman says the goal is to guarantee farmers a minimum payment of $15 for every 100 pounds of milk they produce.

He says that still would pay farmers less than it costs to produce the milk.

But the money would provide a cushion heading into the spring, when farmers have to make decisions about planting spring crops or selling cows.

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