PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Maine Farm Bureau is authorizing use of an emergency fund to assist organic farmers who supplied the Maine's Own Organic Milk company with milk.
Maine's Own Organic Milk, better known as MOO Milk, announced last week that it is folding after five years. The farm bureau announced Wednesday that Maine Farm Bureau Disaster Relief Fund money will be used to connect MOO Milk's 12 milk suppliers with long-term buyers. The bureau said Stonyfield is currently buying all of the milk, but that agreement is expected to last 60 to 90 days.
MOO Milk chief executive officer Bill Eldridge says in a statement last week the company was working to secure long-term contracts for the providers' milk. The Falmouth company cited packaging equipment problems as a reason for the closure.