Yet, it’s hard to get consensus.
Frankly, I am wondering if it is possible to get widespread agreement on anything in the dairy industry.
Last October, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack noted the difficulty of getting things done when dairymen are divided on the issues.
“As I travel around the country, what I’ve noticed (is) dairymen and dairywomen have a hard time agreeing,” Vilsack told a World Dairy Expo audience. “The problem is we have not had consensus and that’s made it difficult for us to get a program that would allow some stability and some protection,” he said.
Congress's nine-month extension of existing dairy policy -- as part of the fiscal cliff package -- gives us time to step back, re-group and look for creative solutions to the problems at hand. Read more.
Let’s keep an eye on Congress and the White House, as well, and vow that we will never become that dysfunctional.