Gillibrand Sponsors Amendment for $300 Million To Dairy Farmers

An amendment to the Senate farm bill would give about $8,000 to struggling New York dairy farmers.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat introduced it.
She said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue denied her request for $77 million in relief for dairy farmers.
She sponsored an amendment to the Senate farm bill that would give $300 million to them. Dairy farmers are suffering from historically low dairy prices.
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Farm income has dropped so much that it’s expected to be 35 per cent less than it was five years ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And it’s raising the risk of suicide.
The National Farmers Union has called on the USDA to take steps to help by providing more resources to help farmers. The fear of a farmer suicide crisis has led the Wyoming County Mental Health Department to hand out special mugs to farmers that are filled with information about depression and suicide prevention.