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Big Blizzards Mean Spilled Milk

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The plight of dairy farmers in upstate New York may sound a little petty when we keep in mind that this year’s early winter storm has already killed 13 people, but what happens to the dairy farmers has a huge effect on the region. New York, you might be surprised to learn, is the fourth-largest dairy producer in the country, after California, Wisconsin, and Idaho. And New York dairy farmers can’t get their milk to market, reports AgNews.

Read the rest on Modern Farmer.

Farmers in a cold sweat over potential damage to crops and livestock

As unseasonably cold weather continues to blanket western states, farmers are bracing for potentially painful damage to crops and livestock that could drive up consumer prices.

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The true effect won’t be known for weeks, but growers such as California’s citrus farmers are working through the nights trying to protect $2 billion worth of fruit.

Read more at Los Angeles Times.