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Aug 30, 2016 12:55 PM

NH dairy farmers struggling to stay in business during drought

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CLAREMONT — Market prices for milk are less than the cost to produce it causing dairy farms to go out of business at farms across New Hampshire.

As of right now, 19 of New Hampshire's 120 dairy farms have gone out of business this year, according to WCAX.

Farmers from across the Granite State gathered to talk about the hardships that they are faced with on Monday at an event that Congresswoman Annie Kuster helped organize. One of these hardships include high feed costs due to the ongoing drought.

Another topic of discussion was farmers not getting the assistance they're due as members of the Dairy Margin Protection Program. This program, run by the USDA, affords its paying members a sort of insurance program against catastrophes.

Congresswoman Kuster said she would take this issue back to Washington and speak with Secretary Vilsack, the current Secretary of Agriculture.

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