dairy Blog Posts

January 12, 2018 •
Jack Lazor, Butterworks Farm

Changing Paradigms in Food and Farming

The state’s dairy farmers, both organic and conventional are in the poorhouse.  Vermont’s iconic dairy industry has been in an economic pinch for some time.  The prices farmers are paid for the milk they produce are well below the costs of production.  Until recently, organic dairy production has been an economic lifeline for many producers, but for the first time ever, organic prices have dropped as much as six dollars per hundredweight in the last few months.   Quotas have been imposed on organic milk production further lessening farmers’ income potential.  Stress levels on dairy farms continue to increase as farmers find they cannot pay their bills.