A New Hampshire board that oversees a never-before-funded emergency fund for dairy farmers is working on a plan to get aid to them by December as they struggle with low milk prices and drought conditions.
The board is scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss an amount and help create a task force of legislators to hold a hearing. The goal is to have the money approved by the Legislature when lawmakers are sworn in on Dec. 7.
Board members and state leaders have acknowledged that dairy farmers in the state are dealing with historic losses and desperately need money to pay to feed their cows and cattle to get them through the winter. Many farms produced a small fraction of the corn feed and hay needed for the animals.