Maintain Dairy Aid, Pleads NFU

September 9, 2009 07:00 PM
National Farmers Union press release

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson today called on House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders to provide much needed assistance to America's dairy farmers.

In a letter sent yesterday, Johnson urged appropriators to maintain the $350 million Sanders dairy amendment, as included in the Senate-passed fiscal year (FY) 2010 Agriculture Appropriations bill, throughout conference negotiations

"While there is no single option to solve the dairy crisis, the Sanders amendment is a lifeline," Johnson said.

Dairy producers are currently facing the dairy industry's most severe economic crisis in 30 years. "Since dairy prices peaked last year, the market has precipitously collapsed to historic low levels and is now well below the cost of production. Many producers continue to lose $100-$200 per dairy cow per month," Johnson said.

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