Dairy Farmers of America delivered a petition containing 1,830 signatures of farmer members and staff to Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) urging him to schedule a vote on the 2012 Farm Bill.
“The 2008 authorization bill expires on September 30, 2012, and current domestic dairy programs do not provide farmers with the tools they need to weather extreme volatility in the global market,” says John Wilson, DFA Senior Vice President. “The bill pending before Congress represents significant compromise and fiscal discipline, and addresses critical needs of the dairy industry.”
“The dairy provisions in H.R. 6083 would provide dairy farmers with enhanced risk management tools, keep the industry competitive in the global marketplace, and save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. More importantly, this program will be critical in helping dairy farmers avoid the massive erosion of equity experienced in 2009.”
A Farm Bill rally is scheduled today in Washington to urge passage of the Farm Bill. Michigan dairy producer Ken Nobis is scheduled to speak on behalf of dairy farmers.