Chapter 2: Getting to 2020: Goals and Indicators
Goal 8: Vermont’s dairy industry is viable and diversified.
Vermont is the biggest milk producing state in the New England region. Vermont produced 36.8% (1,495 million pounds) of New England's milk in 1951 and 63.5% (2,606 million pounds) in 2013, a 72.4% increase.
The Vermont in Transition report of the Council on the Future of Vermont indicated that “no other state has a single commodity that accounts for such a high percentage of its total agricultural sales.” Despite the longstanding importance of Vermont’s dairy industry, volatile conventional milk prices, concentration in the dairy industry, rising farm input expenses, and many other factors have impacted its perceived and actual sustainability for decades.
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Population Indicators: The Significance of Dairy in Vermont
Population Indicators: Dairy Financial Viability
Population Indicators: The Changing Nature of Dairy
Performance Measurement: To increase dairy farm viability.
|Milk production||National Agricultural Statistics Service|
|Number of dairy farms||USDA Census of Agriculture|
|Prices vs. Cost of Production||Farm Credit East Northeast Dairy Farm Summary|
|Net Farm Income||USDA Economic Research Service|
|Percent of Operator's Household Income from Farming||Census of Agriculture, Table 62 page 172|