Goodlatte, Scott urge conferees to adopt House dairy provisions

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Congressmen Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and David Scott, D-Ga., released the following statement after sending a letter to leaders of the Farm Bill Conference Committee reminding them of the House of Representatives’ overwhelming rejection of supply management provisions:

“The House of Representatives resounding rejection of supply management provisions in the dairy title of the Farm Bill speaks loud and clear,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte.  “More than 140 diverse groups have joined the 291 House Members, including 95 Democrats, in voicing their opposition to supply management.  A supply control program that will directly intervene in markets and increase milk prices will ultimately hurt dairy producers and consumers.  As the Conferees continue their work, I urge them to remember the House vote and adopt the House-passed Goodlatte-Scott amendment as part of the final Farm Bill.”  

“Unfortunately the media is portraying the current dairy policy debate as a struggle solely between Speaker Boehner and Ranking Member Peterson,” said Rep. David Scott“Nothing could be further from the truth.  The overwhelming bipartisan vote count on the Goodlatte-Scott amendment, which passed 291-135 with 95 Democratic votes, was a clear and strong statement of the will of the entire House on this issue.  To that end, Farm Bill conferees should honor the House vote and insist on inclusion of the Goodlatte-Scott amendment in the final conference report on the Farm Bill.  The Goodlatte-Scott amendment as embodied in the House dairy title of the Farm Bill represents bipartisan compromise that protects dairy farmers as well as restaurants, food processors, grocery stores and most importantly consumers.”

Click here for a PDF version of the letter to leaders of the Farm Bill Conference Committee.

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Texas  |  January, 10, 2014 at 09:05 AM

Shameless , The Goodlatte Scott amendment is bad for dairy farmers & taxpayers.

MA  |  January, 12, 2014 at 12:59 PM

This is hardly supply management proposed in the Senate is dairy good economics...Any good businessman knows that price declines with oversupply...Automakers don't make extra cars so they can sell them for less...Let's be sensible, and if necessary give up a few pounds of milk to regain a better price. Those who oppose this are the 12% of farms that make 50% of the milk, whose economies of scale allow them to survive low prices. God forbid that those who are primarily responsible for too much milk should be asked to help solve our problem. The fact that the IDFA is opposed to such minimal supply management tells us something, because we all know that this organization has forever resisted any policies that would help dairy farmers, if it would mean only a nickel more in the dairy farmers pocket.

VT  |  January, 14, 2014 at 11:56 AM

The supply management provision is no good for anyone as written in this bill. The voluntary provision means that those participating would be the only ones who would not only be required to cut production but also accept a lower price. Those located in higher fluid-utilization orders and with higher components would be hit hardest first. And those 12% of farms that produce 50% of the nations' milk? They won't be participating in supply management, which means that any market reaction would be muted significantly, holding back prices and production for farmers just trying to do the right thing. Check out the MILC and Honey plan. It has merit particularly for those most susceptible to low prices.

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