Dairy farmers have a stronger safety net against low milk prices and high feed costs under the new federal farm bill, and more federal dollars will be spent to spur international trade of American agricultural products.
Almost every week the number of farmers who have been left without a home for their milk grows. This time, 52 farmers in New York are being released by Marcus Dairy, a fluid milk processor in Danbury, Conn.
Directly shipping their milk to military bases across the state, a new federal proposal would require the cooperative to send bottles of milk to a warehouse in Virginia before shipping the products back to New York.
While issuing another $100 million in back-payments for the Margin Protection Program, the USDA extended the MPP enrollment deadline to ensure dairy farmers have every opportunity to join if they want to.