July 4 Milk-Dumping Protest Plan Has Few Takers

July 1, 2010 07:00 PM

Pennsylvania dairy producers apparently don’t plan to join in on a call to dump their milk July 4 to protest depressed milk prices, the Lancaster Journal reported this morning.


The newspaper said struggling dairy farmers David and Robin Fitch of West Winfield, N.Y., have urged milk producers nationwide to legally pour out their milk on Sunday to call attention to the plight of small farmers.


The Fitches say they have participants in all 50 states. But local and state dairy organizations in Pennsylvania say they are not endorsing the plan, and most said they were not even aware of it.


One area dairy producer called the newspaper several weeks ago about his intent to dump his milk. But when contacted Wednesday, the farmer said he probably would not spill his milk now because he couldn't find any other local farmers willing to do the same thing.


"I can't afford to lose money and not gain anything from it," he said. "I spoke to a lot of people about it and can't seem to round up any support for it. I really do support it, but I can't think I'm benefiting from it if nobody else does."


He said he had hoped a widespread dairy strike would make consumers take notice of the plight of dairy producers and prompt them to demand that farmers be paid for costs of production.


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