AGRICULTURE

Dairy farmers in the Northeast say they're ready to talk about something that's been almost off limits for decades: how to manage the milk supply to stop overproduction.

Farmer Norm Davenport in Shelburne, Massachusetts, can't find enough customers to purchase his hay.
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In recent years, milk prices have dropped. And dairy farms -- including some in western Massachusetts -- have sold off their cows. Some say their hay customers are disappearing along with the animals.

Fresh produce at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
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Updated on July 20, 2018: A temporary solution will allow food stamp recipients to keep using SNAP benefits at farmers markets and food stands through the end of August. The funding comes from the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. Our original reporting is below.

Now that summer is in full swing and farmers markets are abundant with fresh, local produce, the technology that enables people to use food stamps to buy that food faces a major snag. 

A national consumer group says Vermont-based Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. uses deceptive labeling and marketing to mislead the public about its commitment to a clean environment and humane farming practices.

Maple syrup producers take pride in their pure, natural product. So when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed new labels to say maple syrup contains “added sugar,” producers fought back.

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