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Markey hails USDA aid for dairy farmers


Congresswoman Betsy Markey July 31 welcomed an announcement by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking immediate action to support struggling dairy farmers by increasing the amount paid for dairy products through the Dairy Product Price Support Program.

USDA estimates show that these increases, which will be in place from August 2009 through October 2009, will increase dairy farmers' revenue by $243 million.

"This is great news for Colorado dairy farmers," said Rep. Markey. "Since January, dairy product prices have continued to decline and have at times dropped well below price support levels, adversely affecting farmers' incomes. I am very pleased that Secretary Vilsack has responded so quickly, and I look forward to working with him to Colorado's farmers and ranchers strong."

In mid-July, Rep. Markey sent a letter to Secretary Vilsack urging swift action to assist dairy farmers in Northern Colorado.

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