PA 09-229 Milk Producer (Dairy Sustainability) Grant
Public Act No. 09-229 (CGS § 22-265b) provides for grants to be made to Connecticut producers of cow's milk for pasteurization.
The grant payment is based on a formula prescribed in the Public Act. The formula uses 82% of the cost of production for a New England State, as published by the USDA, Economic Research Service, to establish the “minimum sustainable monthly cost of production”. The “minimum sustainable monthly cost of production” is calculated by the University of Connecticut Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy under a contract with the Department. The grant payment will be equal to the difference between the minimum sustainable monthly cost of production and the “Federal pay price” (Northeast Federal Milk Marketing Order, statistical uniform price for the Hartford zone) multiplied by your monthly production. If the combined total of the all the calculated payments exceed the amount of money in the agricultural sustainability account, grant payments will be made on a proportionate basis, based on your relative level of milk production.