“On behalf of the 15,000 dairy farmer owners of Dairy Farmers of America, we urge Congressional leadership to support this nation’s food producers by acting on the 2012 Farm Bill and bringing some relief to farmers suffering through weather-related disasters and unfavorable market conditions.
“The pending bill represents significant compromise and fiscal discipline, while addressing the critical needs of the dairy industry. This dairy policy reform was developed through three years of work by visionary dairy farmers and national and regional farmer-led organizations. It acknowledges the desire for more robust risk management tools and eliminates outdated and costly government programs. This is a fiscally responsible program created by dairy farmers, for dairy farmers.
“Passage of the 2012 Farm Bill is vitally important to America’s dairy farmers. The dairy provisions contained in both the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill would provide dairy farmers better options to manage their risk and their future, while keeping the industry competitive in the global marketplace, and saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
“We strongly urge House legislators to take action to protect the interests of the American farm families who are relying on them. Bring H.R. 6083 to the floor for a vote. Decisive action is critical to help dairy farmers avoid a repeat of the economic disaster of 2009 and to ensure a future for the industry.”
DFA Senior Vice President