HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Dairy farmers in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley will hear from federal officials later this month on their role in cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

The meeting between dairymen and the Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled for April 19.

Virginia has 674 dairy farms with nearly 100,000 milkers. Many of Virginia's dairy farms are located along the Interstate 81 corridor in the state's western edge.

Dairy farmers and the agriculture lobby have expressed concerns about the EPA and its so-called pollution diet for the Chesapeake Bay.

Eric Paulson of the Virginia State Dairymen's Association said his members are primarily interested in knowing what the EPA expects of the industry.

The meeting was first reported by The Daily News-Record of Harrisonburg.


Information from: Daily News-Record, http://www.dnronline.com

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