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    INTRODUCTION: In the United States, the Reagan administration is worried about a mountain of dairy products that keeps on growing and growing.Already, it measures 800,000 tonnes, with no end in sight, and no clear way for the government to dispose of it economically.Lisa Meyers of NBC News tells the story.

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    WASHINGTON, DC, & OTHER LOCATIONS, USA (NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY INCORPORATED)

    GVs Blocks and barrels of cheese. (2 SHOTS)
    GV Cheese being moved about in factory by forklift trucks. (4 SHOTS)
    SCU John Bloc, US Agriculture Secretary, speaking
    GV Cows in shed being milked. (3 SHOTS)
    GV Cheese being loaded onto ship. (2 SHOTS)


    SPEECH (TRANSCRIPT) MEYERS:"Five lbs (1.81 kg) blocks of processed American; 500 lbs (226.79 kg) barrels of cheddar; 560 million lbs (254.01 million kgs) of cheese ... more than two lbs (0.45 kg) for every man, woman and child in the country. And that's only a third of the surplus dairy products that cost the government as much as one million dollars a day to keep. The government also owns 844 million lbs (382.83 million kgs) of non-fat dried milk and 206 million lbs (93.44 million kgs) of butter.
    BLOCK:"This incredibly weird situation to have all these stocks , and we're still buying them, and taking them on, and spending a billion and a half (dollars) a year of these stocks at ... it's inexcusable."
    MEYERS:"The Dairy Price Support programme guarantees farmers a market and minimum price for their milk products. If consumers won't buy them, the government will. After a year-long battle, the administration recently persuaded Congress to reduce supports on dairy products. Administration officials say one likely solution is to sell the cheese abroad for less than half what the government paid for it. But that could cause problems with the Europeans."

    Background: INTRODUCTION: In the United States, the Reagan administration is worried about a mountain of dairy products that keeps on growing and growing.Already, it measures 800,000 tonnes, with no end in sight, and no clear way for the government to dispose of it economically.Lisa Meyers of NBC News tells the story.
    Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

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    Film ID:
    VLVA63L28TS9BVYMH44EOYOUWNRTT
    Media URN:
    VLVA63L28TS9BVYMH44EOYOUWNRTT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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