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(article, Culinate staff)
The Green Fork blog recently posted a helpful — if distressing — explanation of why dairy farmers in this country are despairing. In short, the amount they're paid for milk has fallen dramatically in recent months — in fact, by half since December. According to the post, some blame a surplus of goods, while others blame an increase in dairy imports and market manipulation. Whatever the cause, Farm Aid wants to help and is sponsoring a petition that will be sent to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, urging him to increase the amount dairy farmers are paid.