Keep Dairy Strong Newsletter
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September 2011
 

PETERSON PLANS TO INTRODUCE DRAFT POLICY BILL IN SEPTEMBER

In a recent DairyLine interview, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) said that he plans to introduce his draft dairy reform legislation "when we get back from the August recess, so sometime around the middle of September, probably." Peterson, ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, said the U.S. Senate has committed to move on the bill once it moves in the House.

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NATIONAL WATCH DOG GROUPS OPPOSE CURRENT DAIRY REFORM EFFORTS

Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist has sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority leader Eric Cantor urging them to reject the Dairy Market Stabilization Program in Rep. Collin Peterson's draft legislation. The Dairy Market Stabilization Program would take money directly from the pockets of farmers when their profit margins decline, then put half the revenue in the U.S. Treasury for deficit reduction.

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PRODUCERS SHOULD SUPPORT INCREASED FUNDING FOR RISK MANAGEMENT TOOLS

IDFA supports policies that will help dairy producers manage risk with programs to provide assistance when margins are squeezed and remove incentives to add unnecessary production during good times. Programs would include a farm savings account, margin protection insurance and increased funding for the Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy program.

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   IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

This is a newsletter produced by the International Dairy Foods Association, the Keep Dairy Strong newsletter provides information for dairy farmers, processors and others in finding market-based alternatives to government-imposed milk production limits.

   

   IDFA SUPPORTS POLICIES THAT WILL:

  • Replace the Dairy Product Price Support Program (DPPSP) and Dairy Export Incentive Program (DEIP) with better risk management tools;
  • Strengthen dairy risk management tools including forward contracting, the Livestock Gross Margin -Dairy program, catastrophic margin insurance for all dairy farmers and tax deferred farm savings accounts and; Simplify the Federal Milk Marketing Orders program.

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