Missouri producers join group supporting Dairy Security Act

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The Missouri Dairy Association has joined a coalition of 27 dairy farmer organizations supporting the Dairy Security Act in the 2012 Farm Bill.

In a letter to U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and Pat Roberts, Ranking Member of the Committee, the coalition states “it is time to reform federal dairy policy by enacting the Dairy Security Act as part of the next Farm Bill.

“Over the past several years, the dairy farmers represented by these organizations have suffered financially because of extreme margin volatility—dramatic swings in the difference between milk prices and feed costs.  Our current dairy safety net policies are simply unable to be effective in this roller coaster of volatility.

“The Dairy Security Act is an update to our safety net policies for the 21st Century. It provides flexibility and options for each individual dairy. Not only can the provisions in the legislation be customized to each dairy, there is also an option for any dairy to completely exempt itself from the programs.”

“Our Missouri dairy farmers are on a roller coaster of volatility right now as our farm level milk prices are slumping but our feeds costs continue rising,” says Larry Purdom, Missouri Dairy Association president and a dairy farmer from Purdy. Mo. “Feed cost represents roughly half of our input costs for making milk.

“Our board of directors recognized the urgency of our situation and unanimously agreed this is a good start to make some reasonable, sound changes to our Federal dairy policies. We will also encourage Missouri's Senators, Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, to support the Dairy Security Act,” says Purdom.

The dairy farmer organizations signing the letter included:

Alabama Dairy Producers, Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI), Agri-Mark, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), Dairy Farmers Working Together, Dairy Producers of New Mexico, Dairy Producers of Utah, Dairylea Cooperative Inc., Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Holstein Association USA, Inc., Idaho Dairyman’s Association, Land O’Lakes, Maryland Dairy Industry Association, Michigan Milk Producers, Midwest Dairy Coalition, Milk Producers Council, Missouri Dairy Association, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Organization, National Milk Producers Federation, Northwest Dairy Association / Darigold, Oregon Dairy Farmers Association, South Carolina Dairy Association, St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, United Dairymen of Arizona, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc. and the Washington State Dairy Federation.

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WI  |  April, 21, 2012 at 09:07 AM

I know why DFA farmers are hurting with the price fixing they have been found guilty of over the past several years, but why is everyone else looking for some magical government program to solve all there financial problems. Everytime there is a crisis or problem everyone turns to the government for help. GET REAL there is no program that will solve our problems. The government is the worst place to turn for help. They prove daily they cannot manage anything, with all the scandels and mismanagement and finger pointing going on. They cannot even balance a budget and then these groups want them to administer some new program that no one knows exactly what is in it. This will be just like the obumercare bill, vote for it and then we will tell you what is in it and then down the road all the skeletons will come out and it will be one big mess!

MN  |  April, 21, 2012 at 04:33 PM

I agree with Steve. Our Gov. milk marketing system has has been doing such a great job, being sarcastic now, that we should give them more control over our farms. Maybe I'll quit milking and get a job with the Federal Milk Police following milk trucks around to make sure nobody cheats the system. Be careful what you wish for!

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