Thanks to a supplemental budget bill put forth by Gov. Deval Patrick, and quickly approved by the state legislature, Massachusetts dairy producers will soon be receiving $3.6 million in emergency aid.  The emergency funding was passed to help dairy producers survive the past year of high input costs and low milk prices.

Payments will be based on milk production. Applications must be completed in June and the state hopes to start cutting checks in early July.

Massachusetts is the third state to pass emergency aid for dairy producers. Earlier this year Vermont approved $8.6 million in funding and Connecticut approved $2 million in funding.

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To find an application, go to: http://www.mass.gov/agr/dairy/legislative_relief.htm

WorcesterTelegram&Gazette, Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources