Board Approves New Rules For Hawaii Milk Prices

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s Board of Agriculture has voted to amend rules governing wholesale milk prices paid to island farmers.

Monday’s 7-0 vote at an emergency meeting comes after the state’s only processor, Meadow Gold, warned it would quit buying local milk unless it could pay less than what regulators allow, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

Meadow Gold representatives met with agriculture officials two weeks ago and said they can’t keep buying local milk at the minimum price set by the state. They warned that the company, owned by Texas-based Dean Foods, would stop buying Hawaii milk on Thursday if minimum price relief wasn’t granted, state officials said.

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