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Dairy farm numbers still in decline; farmers seek solutions for below-cost milk prices

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Posted on September 10, 2018 |
By MICHELLE MONROE of the St. Albans Messenger



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ENOSBURGH FARMER PHIL Parent, left, and Jacques Rainville of Highgate discuss the state of dairy farming in Vermont while sitting around Parent’s kitchen table on a recent evening. They have a plan to make dairy farming more economically sustainable. Messenger photo/Michelle Monroe

VERMONT — In 2017, there was an average of 796 dairy farms in operation in Vermont. As of August, there were just 711.

That’s a loss of almost 11 percent in eight months, and the disappearance of 340 (or 32 percent) since 2009, when the Vermont Agency of Agriculture reported 1,051 dairy farms.

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