FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 6, 2018) The Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) is pleased to announce that 11 of the 19 dairy farms whose contracts were canceled by Dean Foods have found a market for their milk. Scioto Milk Producers Cooperative from Hillsboro, Ohio; United Dairy, Inc. in Charleston, West Virginia; and, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) Southeast Area Council in Kansas City, Kansas have signed new contracts with the remaining dairies. The other eight dairies involved have made the decision to sell their herds privately.
“Dairy farming involves milking twice a day, seven days a week and is as much a lifestyle as it is a method of farming,” said Warren Beeler, GOAP executive director. “These eleven producers can now continue their family dairies thanks to Scioto, United Dairy, Inc. and DFA Southeast.”
The newly contracted producers will begin milk pickup on July 16, 2018.
For more information about Kentucky’s dairy industry, contact the Kentucky Dairy Development Council at (859) 516-1129 or visit the KDDC webpage at kydairy.org.
Great strides continue being made toward lessening Kentucky’s dependence on tobacco production while revitalizing the farm economy by investing a portion of Kentucky’s Master Settlement Agreement Funds into the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.
To date, Kentucky has invested nearly $550 million in an array of county, regional and state projects designed to increase net farm income and create sustainable new farm-based business enterprises. These funding approvals, made possible by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, represent just a few of the nearly 5,600 projects approved, since the inception of the program in January 2001.
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