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Area dairy farmers to receive $4 million in federal aid

Dairy farmers in the Rochester area will divvy up some $4 million in emergency direct payments to boost the struggling industry, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced Thursday.

Genesee County dairy farmers will receive nearly $1.6 million, and those in Livingston and Ontario counties each will get nearly $1.3 million. Wayne County dairymen will get $429,000, those in Monroe County will get $216,000 and those in Orleans County will get $150,400.

The funding will come from the federal agriculture appropriations bill, Schumer, D-N.Y., said. Payments will arrive in the coming weeks. Some $40 million is earmarked for dairy farmers statewide, he said.

Payments will be sent automatically to farmers, who need not apply. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will calculate payments based on qualifying dairies’ total pounds of production commercially marketed from February through July, Schumer said.

“Dairy farmers are the backbone of New York’s agricultural economy, and they are in the middle of the worst crisis in recent memory,” Schumer said in a statement. “This Congressional aid could not come a moment too soon.”

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