A group of Vermont dairy producers want to put an end to the steep swings in milk prices seen in the last few years. To accomplish that they have developed a plan and are now traveling the country explaining their idea to other producers.
The Vermont producers would like to see the plan be included in the next Farm Bill and be made mandatory. Under the plan, dairy producers would pay 15 cents for every hundredweight of milk produced on farm. That money would then be used to help market dairy products internationally and manage the milk supply. While similar in concept to the Cooperatives Working Together program, this program would be mandatory for all producers.
So far, Vermont producers have met with dairy producers in Florida, Wisconsin, and California. Last week producers in California agreed in principle on the concept but are awaiting an economic analysis from CornellUniversity that is due this week.