WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from dairy-producing states announced agreement Wednesday on $350 million in aid for struggling milk farmers.
Some $290 million would go for direct support of dairy farmers under a program to be devised by the Agriculture Department, according to Rep. David Obey and Sen. Herb Kohl, both Wisconsin Democrats. An additional $60 million would cover purchases of surplus cheese and other dairy products in hopes of raising prices. Food banks and other nutrition programs would get the goods.
Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan and Rep. Earl Pomeroy, all D-N.D., announced today that North Dakota will receive $5.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Conservation Program for farmland damage caused by floods or other natural disasters from 2008 and 2009.
July 15, 2009
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