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Rep. Bray appointed to milk commission

NEW HAVEN State Rep. Chris Bray (D-New Haven) has been appointed to the nine-member Vermont Milk Commission, a statewide board that supports and regulates the Vermont dairy industry. In making the announcement, gubernatorial candidate Gaye Symington (D), speaker of the house, said, I have appointed Chris Bray to serve on the Vermont Milk Commission because Chris brings an open mind and good problem-solving skills to all the work he does in the Legislature. Hes a good communicator as well. That will be crucial in this position in which he will also serve as a liaison with the House Agriculture Committee. The main functions of the Vermont Milk Commission are to ensure both the steady availability of wholesome milk at reasonable prices for Vermont consumers and to ensure that Vermont farmers are paid a reasonable rate for their milk. The commission is chaired by Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee. The commission, said Allbee. Has an important role in helping to determine an equitable price safety net for dairy farmers in Vermont that will help to better insure a economically viable dairy industry in Vermont. I am pleased that Rep. Bray will be joining the Commission as one of two members of the State legislature, said Allbee. Rep. Bray has demonstrated a sincere commitment to Vermont agriculture and the dairy industry as a member of the House Agriculture Committee. This is a challenging time for Vermont farmers and for the Milk Commission, said Bray. I look forward to learning more about our current situation and then working to find remedies that meet the responsibilities given to the commission. In July of this year the Vermont Milk Commission issued a draft of a proposed milk order. A public hearing on the proposal followed Sept. 9. The Commission meets again Oct. 16 to consider public comment and to consider its next action. All VMC meetings are free and open to the public.

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