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'Paying for the privilege to milk'

South Mississippi’s dairy farmers are seeing the best milk prices in the history of the industry, but even that might not be enough to stop the steady, massive decline in dairy operations seen in the state.

“It is as bad as I’ve ever seen it,” said Alan “Pud” Stringer, who has been a dairyman in Marion County since 1972. “We just can’t make a profit.” Stringer added sarcastically that dairy farmers are tired of “paying for the privilege to milk.”

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