County board supports milk pricing petition

NORWICH – Last week, county lawmakers officially joined dairy producers and supporters who are petitioning the federal government to do the right thing in relation to the price of milk at the farm gate.

The Chenango County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution calling upon U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack to scrutinize the federal milk pricing structure and convene the hearings necessary for establishing prices that match the cost of production. South New Berlin farmer Ken Dibble initiated the measure before a meeting of the Agriculture, Buildings and Grounds Committee in September.

“We need the support from the public on this,” Dibble said. “It’s a long shot, and I’m not sure that Congress is capable of doing what’s right, but the Secretary of Ag has to go for parity, and is authorized to have a hearing on milk orders.”

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