PORTLAND, Maine — Maine's U.S. senators are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help the dairy industry as it struggles with declining milk prices and oversupply.
Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King are among a group of lawmakers who have asked USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to expand milk markets in the U.S. and encourage consumption of dairy products.
The senators say farm milk prices have dropped 40 percent since 2014 due to an increase in production, changes to the way European countries regulate milk and a drop in the export market. They say farmers across the country face similar financial problems as they adjust to changes in federal dairy support programs from the farm bill of 2014.
Collins is a Republican and King is an independent.