Saving the Farm

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Almost all dairy farms in the state are family-owned, but as more of them disappear, the government is coming up with ways to save the ones that are still here.

The federal government has stared the Land Legacy Program, which matches money from local governments to give to farmers who promise not to develop their land for housing or other uses.

There are 70,000 dairy farms today, way down from the 500,000 farms in 1970.

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