Dairy farmers say the industry is improving since start of pandemic

Mid-South

WICHITA, Kan. (NewsNation Now) — Dairy farmers in Kansas say they’re optimistic that business is on the verge of a recovery.

The dairy industry was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with prices at one farm dropping by almost 50 percent, NewsNation affiliate KSN reported.

“Our cost of production is almost $19 per hundredweight and it was down to $11 back in April and May, so now we’re starting to see about $17, so we’re getting closer,” said dairy farmer MeLissa Drzymalla.

Now, with the return of international trade and a new round of stimulus funds, farmers said they aren’t as worried as they were at the start of the pandemic.

“It just kind of puts a Band-Aid on it and lets you keep operating another day,” said dairy farmer Aaron Pauly.

The stimulus money is not just for dairy farmers.

Corn, soybean and livestock farmers can also apply for federal aid.

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