Libby Bleakney farms a herd of 500 Jersey cows at Highland Farms in Cornish. She welcomes the Oakhurst initiative, as she now expects to be about $2,000 a year worse off.
"It has been a big help to us, and now that Dean Foods has pulled out and moved their processing plant out of the state of Maine, it is going to be hardship," she says.
Another Maine dairy farmer is Agriculture Commissioner Walter Whitcomb (right) of Waldo. He joined us earlier today from our Augusta studios. I asked him what he thinks the best way forward is for Maine's dairy farmers this year.
To hear either of two versions of Tom Porter's interview - one that aired on Maine Things Considered and a longer version - click either of the two "Listen" buttons above.
Photo courtesy of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.