Chapter 2: Goals & Data

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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