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USDA aims to help dairy farmers Submitted: 08/27/2018
Story By Erin Beu

USDA aims to help dairy farmers
ATHENS - Dairy farmer Misty Vogel owns Misty Hollow Farms in Athens with her husband, Eric.

The Vogels have a passion for what they do, something that is vital in the dairy industry.

"Dairy farmers have never gotten into the business to get rich quick," said Misty. "We're very fortunate to be able to do what we love and make a living at it."

However, that good fortune may be running out.

"We've just come to the point where perhaps it's time to relive the situation and look at this a little bit closer," she said.

President Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods led China to retaliate and put tariffs on American products, including milk.


"It's getting tougher and tougher every day to keep milking your cows," Eric said.

A couple of weeks ago the USDA bought $50 million worth of milk in hopes of tiding farmers over for a while.

"Farmers aren't looking for handouts from the government. We just want a fair price," said Eric.

Misty says the large purchase will help, but it won't solve the problem of dairy farmers having to close their doors.

"It's a Band-Aid. I mean, yeah, it'll help, but it seems a little bit ridiculous," Misty said.

The Vogels are unsure what their future holds, but they promise to remain optimistic.

"I mean, hopefully we will be here in 10 years. I mean we want to be," she said.

The milk purchased from the USDA will go to their Emergency Food Assistance Program.


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