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Hundreds of our region's farmers and those with a stake in the dairy industry are meeting in just over an hours' time in Cumbria.
It comes as milk producers say current prices are going to force many of them out of business.
Dozens have already taken direct action in our local supermarkets, leading cows down shopping aisles and taking part in "trolley dashes" to empty shelves of milk.
But one leading agricultural economist has said dairy farmers should not expect "hard pressed" consumers to subsidise them.
Matthew Taylor has this report:
The Penrith MP and junior Environment Minister Rory Stewart has promised there will be better times ahead for dairy farmers at a meeting in Cumbria. The MP told around 200 farmers that world markets will pick up and that the Government will do all it can to prevent volitility in milk prices. Mr Stewart addressed the farmers at a crisis meeting at Rheged near Penrith this evening. The crisis in dairy farming has come about because many farmers say the price of milk is less than the cost of production.