Vermont Farmers Lobby for Dairy Insurance Program
Vermont farmers want the dairy industry to be a little more reliable, and the Dairy Security Act would offer farmers voluntary insurance coverage, guaranteeing a return on their investment:
With milk prices dropping because of increased production nationwide — particularly west of the Mississippi — Vermont dairy farmers once again are worried about staying in business, just three years after declining milk prices and increasing costs in 2009 threatened the survival of many Vermont farms.
“Everybody was hit in 2009; dairy farmers in the Northeast especially were hit very hard,” Mark Magnan said on his farm outside of Fairfield earlier this week. “Fuel went up; fertilizer costs went up.”
Magnan said this year is beginning to look a lot like 2009.