A group of Midwestern dairy farmers filed a lawsuit against the USDA this week, stating the new MILC subsidy program unfairly limits help for large operators.

According to The Associated Press, the group is asking that two government aid programs be separated and that payment caps be removed.

About 15,000 farmers were affected, but the potential monetary loss can't be determined until the USDA puts the regulations into effect, according to the lawsuit.

A spokesman for the USDA said that the agency had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment.

The subsidies, meant to help farmers with falling milk prices, are part of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act enacted in May.

Plaintiffs include the Bridgewater Dairy in Montpelier and Michael Fullenkamp dairy farm in Fort Recovery. Other plaintiffs are dairies in Michigan, New Mexico, Texas, Indiana and Tennessee.

Associated Press