Drought, High Prices Pushing Dairies To The Brink

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ Two years of inadequate rainfall has Kansas dairy farmers in survival mode as high feed and fuel costs continue to push many operations to the brink of bankruptcy.

The prolonged drought has hit the nation's food supply hard as farmers such as Mary Jane and Orville Miller of Hutchinson are forced to chop up burned crops for silage.

The Hutchinson News reports the two are doing everything they can to ensure a future for their son and daughter-in-law, who want to come back to the farm.

But that hasn't been easy. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says dairy farmers lost 24 cents on every gallon of milk sold in May and June because of high production costs.