Dairy farmers see future in jeopardy without insurance subsidy

The Missouri Legislature’s failure to override the veto of an agriculture bill could jeopardize the future of dairy farms in the state, farmers and industry advocates say. The Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act would have allowed the state to pay a portion of the insurance premiums in the federal farm bill’s insurance program.

The director of the Missouri Dairy Association said the defeat of the legislation could mean trouble for dairy farmers who experience unpredictable weather and fluctuating market conditions. The industry has been declining for years in Missouri, and the state lost close to 100 dairies in 2012 due to severe drought conditions.

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