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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders to meet with local dairy farmers

MIDDLEBURY - U.S. Senator Sanders (I, Vt.) will speak on Monday, Oct.r 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Addison County Farm Bureau Annual meeting at the American Legion Hall in Middlebury.

Sanders' office staffers said he has been pursuing ways to help dairy farmers in Vermont and across the country; he will report on his activity in Washington.

Part of the upcoming meeting will be devoted to developing resolutions that are sent on to the Vermont Farm Bureau for adoption. The resolutions are forwarded to the American Farm Bureau.

According to local sources, there is talk among Addison County farmers to attempt to unify and change American Farm Bureau policy on the dairy issue. Legislation is being introduced in Congress promoting a price stabilization program, a new tool designed to bring supply in line with demand. Farm Bureau has an obligation to take an active role on the local, state and on the national level to unite behind a plan that will stabilize milk prices, which right now are putting our dairy farms out of business.

The supply-demand issue is a real threat to the local rural economy, agri-businesses, as well as other local business. Other issues will include discussion of the state's current use program which has been threatened with a number of potential changes in the Vermont State Legislature, the state's budget, and by the 2010 state elections.

(Details: Dinner $20 at 6:30 p.m. Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. RSVP to Bill Scott at 877-3469 or wjscottjr@comcast.net. The public is invited to attend the meeting and meet Sanders.)

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