Dairy producers in Maine staged a milk dump on Saturday, sending about 10,000 gallons of milk into a manure pit near Fairfield Center. Organizers said the dump was held to draw attention to milk prices that have dropped significantly in the region since the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact expired about a year ago.

State officials say low prices are the result of an over supply of milk, but participating dairy farmers disagree. Instead, they blame business processor practices and unfair import competition for their drop in income.

And, some individuals have developed pricing proposals geared toward higher raw milk prices upward of $15 per hundredweight – what supporters call a “living wage.”

Meanwhile, regional ag commissioners met recently to discuss the resurrection of the dairy compact. That option remains popular with area producers, but odds are slim another go-round will get congressional approval again.

Source: Portland Press Herald