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Federal aid coming for dairy farmers

Federal aid coming for dairy farmers

By Bill Kirk

Dairy farmers, who've been struggling with losses mainly due to the low prices they've been paid for their product, are the subjects of a federal assistance program.

The Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Program is to provide these farmers with $290 million in aid nationwide, according to Director Linda Paul of the Pierce County Farm Service Agency (FSA). Paul said Wednesday her agency's role in the program is to verify applicants' milk production data to the federal government.

"The FSA locally doesn't distribute payments from Washington, D.C.," she said, suspecting they'll come out of Kansas City.

The director said she expects the payments to be issued in mid-December. As of last week, the program was still up for public inspection, she added.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Nov. 25.