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Vt. dairy farmers create management program

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont has a new program, created by farmers, to help dairy farmers better manage their operations. Officials say it was developed by individual farmers who wanted access to the best technical assistance they could find.

DairyVision VT offers dairy farmers management teams to help make the operations more profitable. The idea behind it was to grow the production of commercial milk in Vermont by educating farmers in better, more efficient ways to farm.

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Farmers pay half the cost of an assessment — about $3,000 — and DairyVision pays for the other half, from a combination of public and private funding.

Once the assessment is done by a team of experts, farmers pay for any future work.

The first four enrollees in the program were picked this month.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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