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Published September 16, 2009, 07:06 AM

Senators call for more price supports to help dairy farmers in the U.S.

Flanked by a cow named Betty — and six of his Senate colleagues — Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling for the House to pass an amendment increasing price supports to dairy farmers. The Vermont independent made his pitch in a park adjacent to the Capitol. He spoke in favor of an amendment to provide $350 million in support to dairy farmers.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flanked by a cow named Betty — and six of his Senate colleagues — Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling for the House to pass an amendment increasing price supports to dairy farmers.

The Vermont independent made his pitch in a park adjacent to the Capitol. He spoke in favor of an amendment to provide $350 million in support to dairy farmers.

Sanders and Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Bob Casey, D-Pa., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Tom Udall, D-N.M. stood with members of the National Farmers Union. The senators said dairy farmers are suffering through one of the worst periods in recent history.

Sanders said the agriculture industry will suffer if dairy farms continue to collapse.

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