Posted on September 5, 2006

Vermont throws emergency cash at organic dairy sector

Bid to keep dairy farms part of local landscape may be too little, too late

Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets last week allocated $275,000 in emergency funding to strengthen the state’s organic farming sector.

The money is deemed a small amount given the vast numbers of dairy farms going out of business as raw milk prices plummet in the current oversupply situation, a report by the Free Press said.

About $175,000 of the emergency funding is earmarked to help traditional farmers switch to organic techniques. Organic dairy farmers can get up to twice the price of conventional milk.

Some of the money may also be used to promote Vermont’s organic products in nearby urban markets such as Boston, the report said.

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