Vt. officials: farm bill better than status quo

1/30/2014 11:45 AM
By Associated Press

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — Congressman Peter Welch says the farm bill passed by the U.S. House is a constructive step for Vermont dairy, Vermont agriculture and American agriculture.

Welch, a Democrat, told dairy farmers at a meeting at the Vermont Farm Show on Thursday that the compromise bill is "a good deal better than the status quo."

He says while Vermont didn't get a milk supply management program that Vermont dairy farmers had worked on, the bill includes an insurance program to protect farmers from wild swings in feed and milk prices and a trigger to deter an oversupply of milk.

He says the bill also allows for lower insurance premiums for small dairy farmers, thanks to Sen. Patrick Leahy.

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