State official: Without COVID-19 relief, many dairy farms will go under
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Two-thirds of the state’s dairy farmers likely will go out of business because of COVID-19 if they don’t receive economic relief soon, Agriculture Commissioner Shawn Jasper predicted Thursday.
The state’s 100 dairy farmers are expected to sustain cumulative losses of about $5.2 million for the 2020 growing season, Jasper said.
Most of the losses are attributed to low market prices for milk caused by slackened demand from closed restaurants and public schools. Millions of gallons of milk have been dumped this spring, Jasper said.