Massachusetts Dairy Farmers Look Beyond Milk to Make Ends Meet

Cows in the main barn at Barstow's Longview Farm in Hadley.

Cows in the main barn at Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley.

On a late July morning in 2007, a group of dairy farmers, state legislators and various government officials met at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst to discuss a crisis. After the attendees introduced themselves, the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, Scott Soares, described the “perfect storm” that drove the dairy industry into its dire

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