Peterson, Simpson Work Together in Support of Dairy Reform

August 11, 2011 10:07 AM

The two congressmen pledge to build a more effective economic safety net for the U.S. dairy industry.

Source: House Committee on Agriculture – Democrats news release

WASHINGTON – U.S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., today announced that Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, has joined efforts to reform dairy programs.
Simpson is the lead Republican proponent of discussion draft legislation released by Peterson last month. The draft language is based on reform proposals put forward by the dairy industry.

“Reforming dairy programs now will ensure producers have a strong safety net in place during tough times,” Peterson said. “Current programs are not working and if we have another dairy crisis like we had in 2009, the outcome could be devastating. Representative Simpson’s support allows us to continue to develop legislation in a bipartisan way and ensure Americans continue to have access to a safe and abundant supply of fresh milk. I appreciate the feedback we’ve received from the dairy industry thus far and look forward to continuing that dialogue as we move ahead.”

“I look forward to working with members of the Idaho dairy industry and Representative Peterson to prevent another economic disaster like the dairy industry suffered in 2009,” said Simpson. “I believe we can do better for Idaho dairy farmers. This legislation starts a conversation, that I intend to help lead, on how to build a more effective economic safety net for the U.S. dairy industry.”

The reform proposal consists of three main components – a Margin Protection Program, a Dairy Market Stabilization Program and reforms to the Federal Milk Marketing Order system. The proposal would provide a safety net based on margin protection, rather than price; and replace both the Dairy Product Price Support Program (DPPSP) and the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) Program.

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Spell Check

8/11/2011 12:10 PM

  The Fndtn for the Future (FFtF) is absolutely unacceptable in its present form. It telegraphs to the whole world how to manipulate the US dairy market. The DMSP is a quota system that purports to be equal, but is NOT equitable. It's as equal as dividing a farm estate among 10 children when only one or two have farmed it their whole lives and the WILL says to divide it equally. The DMSP would be taking over a dollar from us right now, and putting half into the US Treasury (a tax!) and who knows how the other half would get spent? Federal Order reform is inequitable also, and does not provide daily reporting of market prices. KILL FFtF, and replace it with daily reporting and forward contracting and we dairy farmers will do just fine. We don't need our hands held and our milk checks robbed.​

8/11/2011 12:15 PM

  Kill Foundation for the Future (FFtF) and replace it with daily electronic reporting and forward contracting, and the dairy farmers of the US are sophisticated enough to survive without DMSP telegraphing to the whole world how to manipulate the US dairy market!

8/11/2011 01:19 PM

  That sounds like a very good idea, dump fftf for a program where we can run a business, without a "safety net". What a concept!!We have been shipping milk over 75 years, we owe it too our great grandparents too have daily electronic pricing on all plants who buy and use our milk as a food ingredient!!!Not a piddling 80 plants; all plants, this is the 21st century. Since the government is nearly insolvent, how could we sell the farm down the road for margin insurance that will not be there if we have another 2009. Free your mind the rest will follow!!!


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