Thursday, March 26, 2009
The Agriculture Department is releasing 200 million pounds of nonfat dry milk in storage to help dairy farmers and boost feeding programs for low-income families.
Dairy farmers are praising the move, which they say will eliminate a source of surplus dairy products.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the move Thursday, saying the goal is to increase support for low-income families and help dairy farmers dealing with high feed costs and low dairy prices.
The nonfat dry milk was acquired under a price support program.
Jerry Kozak, president of the National Milk Producers Federation, says Vilsack's announcement is an important first step to use USDA resources to help address the economic crisis facing dairy farmers.