The House Agriculture Committee has approved its version of the 2012 Farm Bill. The bill now moves to the full House for discussion.

Here is a statement from Jerry Kozak, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, and Randy Mooney, chairman of NMPF and a dairy farmer from Rogersville, Mo., who praised the House Ag Committee for its work.  

"The passage of the 2012 Farm Bill by the House Agriculture Committee is a deeply satisfying accomplishment for the many farmers who support the measure, including America’s dairy farmers.

"In particular, the House bill includes dairy reforms modeled after NMPF's Foundation for the Future program. These elements represent badly-needed improvements in our safety net for milk producers. We're very appreciative that members of the Agriculture Committee have preserved the carefully-crafted economic and political compromises that went into the creation of the dairy program in the Farm Bill. The fundamental package of dairy policy reforms supported by NMPF remained unchanged throughout the Agriculture Committee’s debate this week.

"We commend Congressmen Frank Lucas and Collin Peterson for their leadership and diligence in shepherding the Farm Bill to this point. The fact that a large bipartisan majority of the committee voted in favor of the bill bodes well for its ultimate success, and we look forward to working with the full House as it considers this legislation in the near future. We are pleased at the progress made in the House, but we also know that much work lies ahead.”