NMPF: White House announcement on impasse over immigration

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“It is very frustrating for America’s dairy farmers that our elected officials could not set aside partisan politics this year in order to finally address the dysfunctional policy of our immigration system. The irony is that virtually everyone on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue admits the status quo is unacceptable; yet we seem destined to continue suffering from it, because common-sense reforms remain beyond our reach.

In addition to the headaches this dilemma poses to dairy farmers, who still have to deal with workforce challenges, the lack of a legislative fix to our immigration system is bad news for America’s consumers, all of whom are dependent on a domestic food production system that itself is dependent on immigrant workers. 

The reality is that most major public policy controversies take multiple efforts, by a variety of stakeholders working together in common cause, to finally make things happen.  Immigration reform will happen. It is only a matter of time. We remain committed to that effort.” 


The National Milk Producers Federation, based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. The members of NMPF’s cooperatives produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of more than 32,000 dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies. Visit www.nmpf.org for more information. 

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new york  |  July, 01, 2014 at 07:20 PM

Jim when have you polled the dairy farmers you say you speak for? How many of the small to mid sized farm will your proposed policy put out of buisness? The only winners are the large and mega farms that are unwilling to pay a fair wage or somehow think that they can buid a business in the middle of nowhere and expect to find workers. I have spoken with many so called leaders in our industry and am basicly blown off because I am a small producer. Just remember that when there are fewer farms there will be no need for you to speak for the industry the owners will have the time and ability to lobby for themselves.

Ed & Emma    
July, 04, 2014 at 08:05 PM

Exactly the reason National Milk blew off MILC, to remain relevant to the large producers. MILC should have been left in place and updated to reflect a current dairy farm economy that provided dairy farmers with a cost of production price....it could have been paid for from the marketplace with no Gov't payouts. Arden Trwksbury of PA lobbied for a COP program, but got no support from NMPF....same ole thing...big farms getting bigger and small farms going out of business...better called flood insurance!!

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