Immediate reaction to the $290-million direct-payment package announced by USDA Thursday went something like this:  The assistance is needed, but still won’t get struggling dairy farmers out of the red. The assistance will amount to about 32 cents per hundredweight.

Here is a broadcast from WLUK-TV in Green Bay, Wis. The station interviewed Door County dairy farmer Rich Olson and Farm Service Agency representative Tim Siehr.

Siehr agreed the assistance is needed.

“Woefully inadequate, but it’s something. And, I think most farmers are very appreciative. But it leaves them still quite short,” Siehr said.

See the broadcast.

The broadcast said it was a $350 million aid package, but that is a little misleading. The Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Payment program authorizes $290 million in direct payments to farmers, and another $60 million will be used by the government to purchase cheese and other commodities.

Source: WLUK-TV, Green Bay, Wis.