Tough Times Continue for Dairy Farmers

Updated 6 years ago

Times could get even tougher for Maine’s dairy industry.Wholesale milk prices have continued to drop.Back in July, farmers were getting about 24 dollars for 100 pounds of milk. Now, they’re only getting about 13 dollars, even though retail prices have stayed basically the same.In the past, a state subsidy program has provided some cushion for farmers hurt by the falling prices.But budget problems could mean less money for that program.Since 1980, the number of dairy farms in Maine has dropped from nearly 2 thousand to about 330.


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