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(J.R.H. 59)

Offered by: Representatives Edwards of Swanton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Barney of Highgate, Bourdeau of Hyde Park, Buckland of Newport Town, Dominick of Starksboro, Gervais of Enosburg, Howrigan of Fairfield, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kinsey of Craftsbury, LaBarge of Grand Isle, McGrath of Ferrisburg, Metzger of Milton, Neiman of Georgia, Paquin of Fairfax, Perry of Richford, Rivero of Milton, Robb of Swanton, Smith of New Haven, Starr of Troy, Towne of Berlin, Westman of Cambridge, Willett of St. Albans City and Winters of Williamstown.

Whereas, in the early years of the 20th century, individual dairy farmers often brought their fluid milk to the local production facility only to be told that no more milk could be processed that day, and

Whereas, the individual farmers, who toiled for arduously long and hard hours, had absolutely no control over their economic livelihood, and

Whereas, as a remedy to this dilemma, independent farmers in Vermont and elsewhere decided to cooperatively market their milk and other dairy products as a means to ensure their economic vitality and still retain individual control over their own farms, and

Whereas, a stellar example of cooperative dairy marketing is the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Inc. which convened its first meeting of local farmer members in 1919, and

Whereas, the Creamery has steadily grown over the decades and, during the fiscal year that ended on October 31, 1998, it earned revenues in excess of $214 million, a nearly $25 million increase over the prior year, and

Whereas, based on these impressive figures, Vermont Business Magazine ranked the Creamery as tenth among the top one hundred businesses in the state and third among the state's hundred largest manufacturers, and

Whereas, in fiscal year 1998, the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery set two significant milk marketing records, for the 91.3 million pounds of milk marketed in May, the most ever in a single month, and the total of over one billion pounds that was marketed over the course of the year, and

Whereas, the Creamery is looking toward a productive future by actively supporting its group of Young Cooperators who have become effective promoters of the cooperative in Vermont and nationally, and

Whereas, the Creamery is a leading supporter of the Northeast Dairy Compact that has been so essential to the survival of Vermont's family farms, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its congratulations and future best wishes to the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Inc., and its member farmers, as it celebrates its 80th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Inc.