Without DMSP, the dairy title will likely contain some "disincentive" to send signals to dairy producers to not increase milk production. One possibility being hinted is an increase in margin insurance premiums. But Neither House Ag Committee chair Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) nor Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) have provided details on the bill.
Reports say negotiations have included Lucas, and Senate Ag Committee chair Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Peterson, who worked with NMPF to construct the Dairy Security Act eventually approved in the Senate version of the Farm Bill, stressed he has not accepted any deal yet.
Those details remain sketchy, news of a possible compromise on dairy policy prompted Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Ag Committee, to raise a glass of milk on the Senate floor to celebrate the breakthrough.
A final Farm Bill proposal could be pushed into February. Congress departs Washington on Friday, Jan. 17, for a week-long home “work period,” returning on Monday, Jan. 27.