The regions farmers may quit the Industry unless the row over milk prices can be resolved.
That was the warning from the chairman of the National Farmers Union at the annual Westmorland Show.
Dairy producers say that unless supermarkets are prepared to pay more they can no longer make a living
Hundreds of jobs and rural businesses could be created in Cumbria.
The Farming Minister Jim Paice has announced a £3.5 million pound investment.
He was in the county on a rural roadshow. He visited an award winning creamery and spoke at the first dairy farmer's conference. Kim Inglis reports.
A Cumbrian creamery has secured an export deal to supply cheese to a major airline.
Lake District Creamery, owned by First Milk - a consortium of 2,000 farmers, has announced it has secured a export deal to supply around six million portions to passengers on Emirates Airlines over the next year.
The Farming Minister Jim Paice MP said:
Rural communities in Cumbria are to receive extra money to help small businesses.They'll get a share of fifteen million pounds from the government to create new business networks to support rural firms.
A number of local business hubs will also be set up providing office and meeting space, to allow business owners to share ideas and improve their companies.