Source: Western United Dairymen
Western United Dairymen (WUD), the trade association based in Modesto, Calif., has written to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for implementation of another temporary price support increase.
WUD asked for a six-month-period hike at the same levels as occurred in August-October 2009.
WUD wants USDA to raise the price paid for:
· nonfat dry milk from $0.80/lb. to $0.92/lb.
· cheddar blocks from $1.13/lb. to $1.31/lb.
· cheddar barrels from $1.10/lb. to $1.28/lb.
Acknowledging that current market prices are above these levels, CEO Michael Marsh said the main goal of the increase is "simply to provide floor price guarantee to the industry and those who support it.”
WUD pointed out the current economic crisis has been felt beyond the farm, affecting many allied industries.
"Dairy families need these service providers to stay committed to the industry,” said Marsh. "A temporary price support increase will send a strong message of assurance during a time of continued volatility and uncertainty.”