Vermont dairy farmers to get federal help

AP News
Posted: Dec 17, 2009 4:50 PM

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says the United States Department of Agriculture has started to process emergency payments to dairy farmers who have struggled with low milk prices.

The Vermont independent, who sponsored an amendment that added the funds to the agriculture appropriations legislation, says a Vermont farm with 125 cows could receive an estimated $8,000.

Sanders says eligible farmers can expect to receive the funding in the next few weeks.

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The amount paid to dairy farmers for their milk dropped to about $11 per 100 pounds in June from $19 a year earlier while production costs remained at about $17 per 100 pounds.