Farmers suffer from steep drop in milk prices

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copyright the Chronicle July 27, 2016

by Joseph Gresser

A steep drop in milk prices over the past year or so is hurting farmers, and the insurance program intended to help them has not done its job. That’s the bad news from Leon Berthiaume, general manager of the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery.

He was quick to add happier tidings, such as the switch by consumers from skim and reduced fat back to whole milk, and continued high demand for butter. But his overall message was one of low prices and difficult margins into next year.

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