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Schumer: Farm bill would restore dairy safety net

Published on December 17, 2012 3:01AM

Last changed on December 17, 2012 11:50AM

SALEM, N.Y. (AP) -- Sen. Charles Schumer completes his annual visits to all 62 New York state counties with a stop at a Washington County dairy farm where he'll call on the House to pass the farm bill.

Schumer says Sunday that House action on the bill is needed by Jan. 1 to avoid what he calls the "dairy cliff." He says the farm bill would bring back federal assistance that compensates dairy producers when milk prices fluctuate and feed costs jump.

The Senate-passed farm bill would temporarily bring back the Milk Income Loss Contract program for over 5,400 dairy farms in Upstate New York.

Schumer says the program provided over $41 million to New York dairy farmers in 2012 before the 2008 farm bill expired on Sept. 30.

Copyright 2012 The AP.


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