The panelists agreed that the Farm Bill would not likely include any changes to the existing Federal Milk Marketing Order program.
Redpath noted that he grew up in a dairy family, to which Klippenstein retorted, “I cannot believe you played the dairy farmer card,” getting a hearty laugh from the audience.
Klippenstein pressed a pro-DSA position, saying, “We need producers. Ending up with three producers in some states supplying milk will not be good for this industry.”
She pointed out that dairy should not be looking for the same treatment in the Farm Bill as other commodities. “Dairy is uniquely different and should not be treated like other commodities. We don't get to store our commodity,” said Klippenstein.
Saunders closed the session by reiterating the many areas of dairy industry consensus and saying she hoped the discussion would be a first step in moving forward towards meaningful dairy policy reform instead of another “dairy cliff” stalemate.
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