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Richard Hobkirk (center), and his father, John, are clinging to their 179 year old dairy farm.
Richard Hobkirk (center), and his father, John, are clinging to their 179 year old dairy farm.

Dairy farmers wait out the milk price trough

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June was National Dairy Month. But there wasn't anything to celebrate on the farm. The price farmers are paid for their milk went down again. It's now lower than it was 30 years ago, even though fuel and feed and everything else has skyrocketed. Milk is worth well less than what it costs to produce it. There are no hard numbers. But it appears few dairy farms have gone out of business - yet. Farmers are scrambling to hang on to their livelihoods - in their own barns and as part of a budding grassroots movement. David Sommerstein reports.

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