Vermont today has only half as many dairy farms as there were in 1995. With prices today mired below what it costs to produce milk, as many as 200 dairy farms, one-fifth of the state's remaining farms, could be forced to close by the end of this year. To begin addressing this crisis, Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced legislation to stabilize dairy prices and preserve the family farms that have been a fixture of Vermont culture for centuries. "Too many farms that have been in the same family for generations already have been forced out of business," Sanders said Monday at the Ethan Allen Farm in South Burlington. "This is a crisis not only for our farmers and the communities that depend on them, but for consumers who demand fresh, locally-produced foods for their families." Unlike other proposals to fix the dairy industry, the legislation is backed by both farmers and industry groups across the country. Sanders was joined at the event by Sen. Patrick Leahy, the senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, who cosponsored the measure.
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