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September 02, 2014
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Dairy farmers receive another black eye


After all, if the cost of operating a milk processor’s facility is okay for one sector, then what is wrong in using the dairy farmers’ cost?

Arden Tewksbury of Meshoppen, PA, is manager of the Progressive Agriculture Organization.

[Editor’s note: Mr. Tewksbury’s opinion piece was written before Congress adjourned at the end of last week without passing a farm bill. In addition, since then, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsak has invited dairy farmers to resubmit their petition requesting an emergency hearing for the USDA to raise minimum milk prices, which are set by the federal government. Presently, local dairy farmers are facing the worst economic situation they have seen in a very long time—caught between the lowest milk prices in decades and the skyrocketing price of feed resulting from grain and hay scarcity due to this summer’s severe drought in the West and Midwest.]