Tell Senators to Accept House Dairy Language in Farm Bill
Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a Farm Bill that included a controversial new government program to control milk supplies and artificially raise prices. The U.S. House of Representatives acted overwhelmingly to strip this new program, called the Dairy Market Stabilization Program, from the House bill. The two Farm Bills must now be "conferenced" into one bill and it is imperative for the future of the U.S. dairy industry that the House version of the dairy language be included in the final Farm Bill.
Under the DMSP, the government would periodically interfere in dairy markets by imposing limits on milk production. Dairy farmers who wish to take advantage of margin insurance would be required to sign up for the DMSP or "stabilization." The IDFIIIII IDFA members - the buyers of milk - would be required to withhold payments from farmers enrolled in the program if they produce too much milk and submit the funds to USDA instead.
If this new government program becomes law, dairy food manufacturers will shoulder a new, complex, and costly regulatory burden and future investment in the industry and export opportunities will be stifled. Businesses purchasing dairy products will face increased costs, as will consumers that are already struggling in difficult times. IDFA believes this convoluted system is the wrong approach to keep the U.S. dairy industry strong.
Manufacturers need an abundant and reliable supply of milk to supply facilities and keep up with rapid industry growth, such as that in New York state, where, for example, the growth in the greek yogurt industry is creating thousands of new jobs. A program to limit milk supplies would be disastrous to this economic growth.
By contrast, the dairy language included in the House Farm Bill would include an effective and expanded revenue insurance program for farmers WITHOUT hamstringing the industry with a government supply control program.
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