Milk commission comes up with recommendations

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copyright the Chronicle February 7, 2018

The revived Vermont Milk Commission has issued its report, which outlines the problems the state’s dairy farmers face and proposes steps that could improve their economic situation.

While the document is public, it’s directed at a very select audience, Vermont’s three-person congressional delegation.

Acting in accordance with a law passed last year by the state Legislature, the commission gave marching orders to senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch as they begin work on the 2018 federal Farm Bill.

The milk commission, which has significant powers to intervene in the market for dairy products, was not active during Governor Peter Shumlin’s term, and the terms of all its members expired.

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