Nov 1, 2016 7:43 AM

NH dairy farmers task force to meet, report due Friday

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — A Dairy Producers Task Force to study and recommend a short-term plan for preserving New Hampshire's dairy industry is holding its second meeting to discuss aid in the midst of drought conditions and low milk prices for farmers.

The seven-member legislative task force was created after two meetings of the Milk Producers Emergency Relief Board. It's scheduled to meet Tuesday and has a reporting deadline of Friday.

Officials have recommended that the Legislature approve up to $3.6 million in emergency aid for drought assistance and that lawmakers include $2 million in each year of the next biennium budget for the Milk Producers Emergency Relief Fund. The plan met with some resistance last week.

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