Burlington, Vermont - October 2, 2010
A financial boost for local dairy farmers.
The Student Government president gave a $5,200 check to the Keep Local Farms program. Last year, UVM was one of the first colleges to enroll in the program. At the time, Students were supposed to see a 10-cent decrease in the price of milk on campus, but they voted instead to maintain the current price and give that money back to farmers.
"I think students are proud that they are helping such a critical industry local farms keep running," said UVM Student Government President Kofi Mensah.
Keep Local Farms allows consumers and organizations to contribute directly to the New England Family Dairy Farmer Cooperative. The money is given back to farmers who are struggling with low milk prices.