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State agriculture department asks for increase in dairy fees to help fund inspections

January 27, 2010

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— State agriculture officials are asking lawmakers to raise some fees for dairy processors, haulers and others.

State Agriculture Deputy Secretary Constantine Cotsoradis says the bill is an effort to protect the struggling dairy industry from further drops in prices.

Milk prices have dropped 50 percent since reaching record levels in 2007. Cotsoradis says at least 50 of the state's Grade A dairies have closed in the last two years.

The new fees would help the agriculture department's dairy inspection program, which is required so the state's dairies can ship milk across state lines.

Cotsoradis acknowledges that the increased fees could hurt some struggling dairy farmers, but it would be a serious blow if the state is not in compliance with the interstate milk shippers agreement.

Comments

oneeye_wilbur 4 years, 2 months ago

Why would anyone in Lawrence pay the fee, the town is full of vegetarians and milk comes from a meat source. I think this foolish. Soon there will be a fee on eggs, and a fee on tomatoes and a fee on tuna. Maybe a fee to fund the fee inspector.

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Robert Kiefer 4 years, 2 months ago

I think dept. of agriculture needs to be more efficient. Like we have to be!

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Finn12 4 years, 2 months ago

I agree dudedog -- inspectors are due for a pay cut!!! Also - what's wrong with just keeping the milk for sale here in KS and sinking this stupid guvmint program? Farmers, sell directly to the consumer - circumvent the stores and guvmint system! Freedom!

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Steve Miller 4 years, 2 months ago

Cotsoradis acknowledges that the increased fees could hurt some struggling dairy farmers, but it would be a serious blow if the state is not in compliance with the interstate milk shippers agreement.

Why do politicans continue to get another drop of blood out of an already struggling portion of the economy ? Why don't the inspectors take a pay cut to fund this blood drive ??

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