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Continuing Coverage — Dairy Is Key To State's Identity, But Farmers Say It's A Struggle

Cows outside
John Dillon
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VPR

Vermont's self-image and identity are closely tied the dairy industry.  Dairy is a cultural touchstone, but it's also an industry in decline. After five years of low milk prices, dozens of farms have gone out of business in recent years. According to the state, Vermont now has 673 dairy farms — a loss of about 100 since 2017.

Over the past year, VPR's John Dillon reported on the challenges faced by farmers and also how some farmers are finding a future in dairy.