New Hampshire Leaders Explore Aid For Ailing Dairy Farmers
An emergency relief fund created in 2008 to help New Hampshire dairy farmers was never funded, and state officials meeting Monday are trying to see what can be done quickly as farmers struggle with low milk prices and drought conditions.
Nineteen of the state's 120 dairies have closed in recent months. New Hampshire had lost 10 dairies over the previous four years combined.
"We've been losing dairy farms at an accelerated pace and we know that have a number of them that are really kind of perched on the edge of a cliff at this point, getting bids from cattle dealers on how much they would get for their herds," said Lorraine Merrill, New Hampshire's agriculture commissioner. "We would like to stop the hemorrhaging."
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