MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has rolled out a state program that aims to inject cash into the state’s struggling dairy industry.
More than 1,100 Minnesota dairy farms closed up between 2012 and 2017, leaving only about 3,600 farms in an industry beset by years of low milk prices and a long, hard winter that delivered enough snow and wind to collapse the roofs of at least two dozen dairy barns.READ MORE: Walk Like A Penguin: How To Avoid Falling During Refreeze
The Minnesota Legislature passed the $8 million Minnesota Dairy Assistance, Investment and Relief Initiative (DAIRI) this year, in response to crisis in the dairy industry in Minnesota, the seventh-biggest dairy producer in the United States.READ MORE: Operation Safety Net: Minneapolis Leaders Give Update On Chauvin Trial Preps
While an influx of cash could help, dairy industry watchers are looking toward the future with trepidation.MORE NEWS: When Will Children Be Able To Get Vaccinated? Mayo Clinic Pediatrician Weighs In
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