Grafton Village Cheese Co., makers of award-winning, handcrafted Vermont cheddar cheese, announced today it will begin paying its local milk suppliers a special premium while milk prices are below the cost of production. The Company is working in concert with its two milk co-ops Agri-Mark and DMS, both of which have given Grafton Cheese permission to send checks directly to the farmers.Grafton Village Cheese is a major business of the Grafton, Vermont-based Windham Foundation whose mission is to promote Vermont s rural communities. All of the milk used for Grafton Cheese is from Vermont family farms, located primarily in southern and central Vermont. As a high quality Vermont cheddar cheese producer, we depend upon milk from Vermont dairy farms, and we are very concerned about the viability of our Vermont dairy farmers at a time of extremely low milk prices, said Adam Mueller, President of Grafton Village Cheese. Consequently, we are working with our milk suppliers to provide farmers in southern and central Vermont an additional premium for the milk they provide to our Grafton Village Cheese plants in Grafton and Brattleboro.Starting in April, while milk prices are below cost of production, Grafton Cheese will pay farmers an additional premium based on the butterfat, protein and somatic cell content of the milk. As the class three milk price increases the premium will decline on a sliding scale, becoming zero when milk price reaches $20/cwt.Grafton Cheese already pays significant quality premiums and handling costs for its milk to its co-ops. This new initiative is an additional premium that will be mailed directly to the farmers by Grafton Cheese.About Grafton Village CheeseThe Grafton Village Cheese Company, located in Grafton and Brattleboro, Vermont, handcrafts artisanal cheddar cheese. The company was founded in 1892 as the Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company, which converted surplus milk from local dairy farmers into cheese. Years later, a fire destroyed the original factory. When the Windham Foundation restored the company in the mid 1960s, a new era for the town was born. Today, quality and taste continue to serve as the hallmark of Grafton cheddar. As part of the nonprofit Windham Foundation, much of Grafton Cheese s annual earned income funds the Foundation s charitable programs. More information on Grafton Village Cheese Company can be found online at graftonvillagecheese.com.
Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : Wiku added that he hoped that university management and companies would perform rapid tests on students and workers who participated in the rally. He said he expected companies to establish their own COVID-19 task forces.According to reports to the task force, of the 253 protesters arrested in North Sumatra, 21 showed reactive test results. In Jakarta, 34 of the 1,192 protesters arrested had reactive results. In East Java, 24 of the 650 protesters arrested had reactive results. In South Sumatra, 30 of the 261 protesters arrested had reactive results. In West Java, 13 of the 39 protesters arrested had reactive results, and one of the 95 protesters arrested in Yogyakarta had a reactive test result.Read also: Over 9,300 personnel deployed to secure Jakarta as omnibus law protests enter 2nd week“In total, there are 123 reactive test results from protesters arrested in the six provinces so far. We are still waiting for the test results from Central Java,” Wiku said. A joint force of 9,332 policemen, soldiers and Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers was deployed in the capital on Tuesday during a Job Creation Law demonstration, according to the police.Widespread protests erupted across the country after the House of Representatives passed the bill on Oct. 5. Some protests have been marred by violent clashes between protesters and security forces. The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) said it had received at least 1,500 reports of alleged police violence from Oct. 6 to 8 during the national strike against the new law, organized primarily by labor unions. Another round of protests occurred on Monday.The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) previously warned of the possibility that new COVID-19 clusters would emerge from demonstrations against the Job Creation Law and noted the difficulty of tracing virus transmission that had resulted from the demonstrations that had taken place in many parts of the country. (iwa) The national COVID-19 task force has called on the National Police and the military to test personnel deployed to the Job Creation Law protests because protesters arrested in several regions have had reactive test results.“We ask the police and the military to carry out COVID-19 tests on personnel who handled jobs law protests last week,” task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.Wiku highlighted the importance of rapid testing as a screening method to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further. “If there are reactive results from the tests, we must immediately trace their contacts,” he said. #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap