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New York- U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is facing pressure from Senator Gillibrand to authorize $300 million in emergency relief funding for dairy farmers.

In a letter written to Secretary Perdue, Gillibrand points out how New York farmers continue to face the gloom of historically low milk prices. “Dairy farms are at the heart of New York’s rural economy, but milk prices are so low that more than 1,200 dairy farms have shut down in just the last decade, and many more are on the brink of failing. This is a crisis right in our own backyard,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I’m calling on the USDA to immediately provide financial assistance to our dairy producers. I want this emergency funding to go directly to the farmers who need it, so they can keep producing milk without going bankrupt. The USDA should do the right thing and give our dairy farmers the help they need now.”

If the USDA complies with Senator Gillibrand’s request, dairy farmers could receive $8,000 annually, which would be paid to farmers as a part of their milk check, officials said. Statistics reveal New York is the third-largest dairy producing state, producing nearly 15-billion pounds of milk every year.

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