- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

KEENE, N.H. (AP) - Dairy farms in New Hampshire are struggling as a statewide drought continues into the fall.

The Keene Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/2dg2MSm ) that grass isn’t growing fast enough for cows to graze like they normally do.

The farm manager of Stonewall Farm in Keene estimated it will cost $20,000 this winter for the farm to buy and ship more feed.

Lorraine Merrill, the commissioner of the N.H. Department of Agriculture, said it’s unheard of for farms to be running out of feed in the fall.

Severe drought conditions are concentrated in the southeastern part of Vermont. The drought also comes at a time when dairy farms are dealing with abnormally low milk prices.

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