BRUSSELS (AP) -- Dairy farmers will be bringing hundreds of tractors into the center of Belgium's capital to push Monday's emergency meeting of EU ministers into approving more funds to survive the milk price crisis.

Thousands of farmers across the 27-nation bloc are facing a financial crunch because of collapsed milk prices and seek more EU help and quotas to artificially drive up milk prices.

The EU decided on a special meeting next Monday to discuss the crisis and the farmers announced Thursday they will cause gridlock throughout the center of Brussels by bringing in and demonstrating with their tractors. In the past, the farmers have already dumped millions of liters of milk in protest back onto their fields.

Copyright 2009 The AP.

Recommended for you