GALT — With schools across the state closed and many restaurants switching to takeout and curb-side pickup due to the coronavirus pandemic, dairy farmers cross California are urging residents to continue to “buy local” in an effort to keep local farms up and running, and to avoid dumping any unsold or unused milk.

At a press conference held at New Hope Dairy in Galt on Wednesday, owner Arlin Van Groningen was joined by Western United Dairies chief executive officer Anja Raudabaugh and Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, to let the community know that farmers are now trying to shift their product distribution from schools and restaurants to grocery stores in order to remain in business.

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