The company that announced this summer that it would stop buying milk from 89 organic dairy farms in the Northeast next August has offered to extend those contracts another six months. Danone, parent company of Horizon Organic, notified officials in Vermont, Maine and New York this week. The 28 farms in Vermont and a total of 61 in Maine, New Hampshire and New York were expected to lose their contracts at the end of August next year when Danone would stop buying milk in the region. Chris Adamo, a vice president at Danone North America wrote in letters to state officials and members of Congress “Since this time, we have engaged in many conversations with the impacted producers, numerous stakeholders, and various government officials to discuss additional and meaningful support for the affected farmers and the region. Danone is now giving the producers the option to extend the contracts to the end of February 2023. It’s also providing a transition payment to affected farmers.
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