The following was released today by Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA):
"DFA was created by and operates on behalf of dairy farmers throughout the United States. We will attend the USDA/DOJ workshop in Madison, Wis., to support the value and benefits the Capper-Volstead Act provides to all dairy farmers, including DFA members. The workshop will provide an opportunity to talk about the 17,000 farm families we work to support every day.
"While a very small but vocal group has tried to cast a negative shadow on today's cooperatives, we are proud of our efforts to support our members and hope the Madison workshop will provide a forum for fair and productive discussion about the industry.
"Our nation's dairy farmers, including DFA members, are reeling from the worst economic situation they have ever seen. We appreciate the increased attention and focus on the dairy industry, and welcome others to join us in pushing for dairy policy changes that will bring much-needed relief to the farm.
"We fully support the open and transparent process these workshops provide, and are confident dairy cooperatives in general -- and DFA in particular -- will be seen as the vital tool for dairy farmers that they've always been."
John Wilson, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Industry Affairs
Source: Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.