$6 Million Asked to Compensate Dairies for Pesticide Losses

Associated Press

Agriculture Secretary Richard E. Lyng said Friday that the Reagan Administration has asked Congress for $6 million to pay dairy farmers in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma for losses caused by pesticide contamination of feed.

The money will be used to revive a dairy indemnity program killed last year when the Administration decided against seeking more funds. Only about $95,000 remained in the program, and that was to be given back to the U.S. Treasury.

But the program is being resumed after illegally high levels of the pesticide heptachlor showed up in milk from cows in the three-state area. More than 50 herds remain under quarantine.