BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Farmers Union says it will fight for price protections for milk to stimulate the state's slumping dairy industry.

Farmers Union President Mark Watne tells the Bismarck Tribune that his group has joined charters from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and California to lobby lawmakers for a higher price point that will cover the cost of milk production.

The North Dakota led the campaign to reverse the Legislature's decision last year to exempt pork and dairy operations from the state's anti-corporate farming law. North Dakota voters overwhelmingly rejected the law last month.

State agriculture data show the number of dairy farms in North Dakota has decreased from about 540 in 2002 to fewer than 90 at present.

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