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Dairy farmers in Vermont to get help from government

Monday, December 21, 2009

Vermont's dairy farmers should get aid soon.
Vermont's dairy farmers should get aid soon.

Vermont dairy farmers - a group that uses agricultural equipment often - may be eligible for assistance through a program from the federal government.

According to the website of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent representative of the state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans on distributing $290 million to dairy farmers who have come on hard times in the nation, which includes producers in Vermont. On average, a typical dairy farmer in the state will be eligible for about $8,000.

Along with Sanders, the move to get the farmers money was supported by two Democratic legislators from the state - Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Peter Welch. Dairy farmers in the state can expect to get payments in the coming weeks, and Sanders said it "could not have come at a better time," adding that farmers are facing a "deep crisis."

"While the emergency relief is desperately needed, we also must stay focused developing long-term policies which will provide fair and stable prices for dairy farmers," Sanders said.

Recently, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, who is a Democrat from Colorado, has made a push for similar relief efforts for potato farmers in his home state. There, low prices and high yields are making it difficult for spud growers in the state.

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