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Reed visits with area dairy farmers

January 23, 2013
BY?DENNIS?PHILLIPS ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, is now equipped with a shovel to toss aside useless bureaucratic jargon.

Reed recently visited Grape View Dairy in Westfield to learn more about the farm's operation, which includes a robotic milking machine. The congressman was also there to hear from local dairy farmers and learn more about the issues affecting the agricultural community.

Reed has been meeting with farmers throughout Chautauqua County and across the 23rd District to gain frontline information from dairy farmers. During Reed's visit, he listened to six local farmers speak about the problems dairy producers face. One issue the congressman heard about is the floor price for fluid milk is to low. Without an increase, dairy farmers won't be able to continue producing milk. A price floor is a government or group-imposed limit on how low a price can be charged for a product.

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Photo by Dennis Phillips
U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, and Chad Fredd, Grape View Dairy owner, pose with a shovel given to the congressman by local dairy farmers during his visit to Grape View Dairy in Westfield. The shovel is to help Reed plow a path through useless bureaucratic jargon in order to achieve reform that can assist dairy farmers.

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