Hard times have dairy farmers calling help lines

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Agriculture help lines and farmer support groups say they have seen a big increase in requests for help this year.

Many of the calls are from dairy farmers who are struggling because they haven't been able sell their milk for what it costs to produce.

NY FarmNet in Ithaca has taken about 6,000 requests for help this year. That's about a 50 percent increase.

Sowing the Seeds of Hope helps farmers in the Midwest. It says it expects to end the year with about a 17 percent increase in calls. It usually gets about 23,000 per year, but this year it expects to handle 27,000.

Michael Rosmann works for the company that runs help lines for Sowing the Seeds of Hope. He says troubles in the dairy and pork industries are responsible for most of the increase.
On the Net:
NY FarmNet: http://nyfarmnet.org/
Sowing the Seeds of Hope: http://www.agriwellness.org/SSoH.htm

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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