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Gillibrand holds dairy crisis hearing

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On dairy farms across the North Country, this summer may become known as the crisis of 2009. Milk prices are lower than they've been in 40 years. Most farmers here are trying to hang on, but every day they're going deeper into debt. Yesterday in the western New York town of Batavia, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a federal hearing to find a long-term solution to the boom-and-bust cycle in the milk price. Farmers, processors, and economists testified. Bryan Gotham of St. Lawrence County believes a long-term fix may not be enough to help farmers now. Gotham milks 600 cows on a family farm in the town of Russell. He attended the hearing and told David Sommerstein more than 300 people were there, many of them farmers who left the fields during the busy late summer season to send a message.

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