An upstate New York milk cooperative has lost a contract with a New York City dairy processor and is scrambling to sell its milk on the spot market.
The Watertown Daily Times reports that the farmer-owned Oneida-Lewis Milk Producers Cooperative is trying to reach short-term agreements to sell its milk so that its 13 members won't have to dump it.
The co-op's contract with Elmhurst Dairy ended Wednesday. The farmers had done business with Elmhurst for about a year.
The farmers have reached an agreement with a cheese plant in western New York to sell their milk to the plant through Tuesday but could be forced to begin dumping if more contracts aren't secured.
Demand for milk among processors is low, and milk prices are sharply down from last year.