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Local Families Want Fresh Milk From the Farm

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One dairy product is creating a lot of talk at the state capitol.
Many who didn't grow up on a farm don't understand why someone would go out of their way to find fresh milk for their family.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin has the story.

It's a taste some families prefer.
(Peter Bartlett / Dairy Producer) "It's only a surprising to people who have grown up without it because to the people who have grown up with raw milk it is a surprise anyone would want to outlaw it."
Lori Martin moved here form California.
She says fresh milk is sold at California farmers markets or you can buy direct from the farm.
(Lori Martin / Raw Milk Drinker) "It was a choice for our family because we prefer to eat closer to nature and the less processing the better. And I don't drink it necessarily because of the specific health benefits that are outlined online, I just prefer to eat something that I know who produced it, how it was produced."
Peter Bartlett has been selling cow shares for years at his Bottineau Dairy Farm. 
His 8 jerseys are producing milk for more than 70 customers.
(Peter Bartlett / Dairy Producer) "When people purchase a share they sign the contract and get to know their cows name. While their cow is producing, if it is producing more, they get more milk, if it is producing less, they get less milk. And it connects families to the farm actually when people get to know their farmer. It helps kids know where their food comes from." 
Bartlett says studies show raw milk helps build denser bones.
And he says this local, fresh trend is catching on across the country.
(Peter Bartlett / Dairy Producer) "Across the state, we get calls and emails from people practically everyday from people looking for food for their families. They go to the grocery store and they can't find anything healthy and they want something from the farm."

    The House has approved a bill that provides a legal option for those who want to drink unpasteurized milk. 
    Senate Bill 2072 allows North Dakotan's to enter into a shared animal ownership agreement with a dairy.
    They can own a share of the cow to purchase raw milk, but the milk can not be resold.
    The Senate will now vote on the bill.


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