Nineteen years later, in 1979, only 11 were still in business. As of this month, the Kennetts have acquired the dubious distinction of being the last dairy farmers still operating in the Upper White River Valley.
"Like many Vermont families, Bob and Beth Kennett had hoped to pass their farm on to their children, Tom and David... to raise their own families on the farm," said U.S Rep. Peter Welch (D) in a recent statement about the crisis.
"But despite their efforts and their hard work, the family now finds itself saddled with loans and losing money with every passing day. Like so many Vermonters, they just don't know how much longer they can afford to keep their doors open," the Congressman said.
To address the crisis, members of the Vermont House and Senate Agriculture Committee sent an emergency letter to the Vermont Milk Commission. In the letter, committee members urged the commission to take immediate action.