DFA: Immediate Action Needed on 2012 Farm Bill

Melissa Sandfort

“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 …

Agribusiness, DFA, Farm Policy

Dairy Amendments Included in Senate Farm Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

The number of proposed amendments to the Senate farm bill shrank from nearly 300 to 73 this week as senators struck a deal to get debate back on track. Votes were held on a number of those amendments Tuesday, included a couple of dairy-related measures. One by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) that passed requires milk marketing order reform, eliminating the …

farm bill, Farm Policy, Government

Dairy Policy and Immigation Focus of Forum

Cindy Zimmerman

The South Dakota Dairy Producers (SDDP) are sponsoring a forum on National Dairy Policy and Immigration Reform August 30 in Sioux Falls. According to SDDP, the forum will provide South Dakota dairy producers with the opportunity to learn more about the latest federal legislation to authorize foreign workers through presentations and question and answer sessions led by officials of the …

Farm Policy, Government, Labor

Listen: Should Federal Orders be Changed?

News Editor

Take a minute to listen to the interview Brownfield conducted with Jim Tillison from NMPF, regarding the question: “Should federal marketing orders be changed?” As the groundwork is being laid for the 2012 Farm Bill, the National Milk Producers Federation is promoting its Foundation for the Future plan to be the basis for federal dairy policy. One of the things …

Farm Policy

Gillibrand Looks to Provide Assistance to NY Dairy Farmers

News Editor

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. has announced a plan to provide immediate support for New York’s dairy farmers. The cornerstone of Gillibrand’s plan is overhauling the milk pricing system with competitive pricing for New York dairy producers. It would also provide make the pricing system more transparent in an effort to fix a system where dairy farmers often pay more …

Farm Policy, Government

DFA Working On Dairy Industry Challenges

Chuck Zimmerman

During the recent National Association of Farm Broadcasters convention the Dairy Farmers of America exhibited during their Trade Talk session. This provides farm broadcasters with an opportunity to interview representatives and learn about what’s new with their company or organization. I spoke with Jackie Klippenstein, VP, Industry and Legislative Affairs. Jackie says that priorities for DFA include making sure new …

Ag Group, Audio, DFA, Farm Policy