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Board approves new rules for Hawaii milk prices

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's Board of Agriculture has voted to amend rules governing wholesale milk prices paid to island farmers.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Monday's vote at an emergency meeting Monday comes after the state's only processor warned it would quit buying local milk unless it could pay less than what regulators allow.

Meadow Gold representatives met with agriculture officials two weeks ago and said they can't keep buying local milk at the minimum price set by the state.

Big Island Dairy requested to sell milk at a price below the minimum set by the Milk Control Act. The diary is one of Hawaii's two dominant milk producers.

The other is Cloverleaf Diary. Owner Ed Boteilho says it will force him to accept a lower price or get out of the business.

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