‘Mr. Milk’ asks county leaders to support dairy reform bill

NORWICH – At the urging of a South New Berlin dairy farmer, a group of county leaders are prepared to support a senate bill designed to reform dairy pricing across the United States.

“These farms are all in jeopardy,” dairyman Ken Dibbell told members of the county’s Agriculture, Buildings and Grounds committee last Tuesday as he urged them to take action in support of Chenango’s struggling dairy farmers.

Dibbell, known as “Mr. Milk” for his efforts to advocate for the dairy industry, was at the meeting to garner support for the Spector-Casey Bill, s.1645. The legislation, aimed at addressing the disparity between the cost of milk production and farm gate milk prices, was introduced more than a year ago by Pennsylvania Senators Arlen Specter and Bob Casey.

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