Farmers to receive first state milk payment this week

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Farmers will receive their first milk payment from the state this week.

The state is paying farmers nearly a dollar more per hundred pounds of milk they produce when milk prices fall below a certain level.

The state has pledged $8.6 million in cash assistance to dairy farmers who have been strapped by low milk prices, high fuel costs and heavy rains in early summer that have ruined many crops.

Another $300,000 will be funneled to farmers through three other programs designed to help farmers strengthen their businesses or transition into production of organic milk.

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