-Still need more information
Should change FMMO by the hearing procees not by congress.Loss of component pricing.Weakens the FMMO proceess.Could damage our great and growing export market.
I appreciated the opportunity to hear about FFTF straight from NMPF last week. However, starting the meeting at 8:30am is not conducive to promoting producer attendance. After listening to the 3 hour presentation, I was left with the feeling that NMPF is trying to change too much all at once. The Market Stabilization Program is scary. It is not well thought out, and not necessary. To me it looks like a great way to endager our export market, and perpetuate mediocre milk prices. That is more dangerous to our industry than just leaving our system alone. As a young person in our industry, I can not support the FFTF as it is proposed at this time.
In the past I have tried to market my production, raw milk, for a profit above my break even point but have not been successful as that takes volumes of product to compete in the processor world! As I have been pushed into the nickel and dimes industry and forced to take what comes your way the past 10 years have been riddled with debt accumulation instead of just even breaking even! As a young producer do I see much future in this industry yet? Not really! Do I see much of a future in this industry when we let the businesses that buy our product for as cheap as possible write our dairy policy for our raw product pricing? Never! Some kind of supply balancing must be implemented and it will include a way for young producers to start and be profitable. It's inevitable unless everyone all of the sudden joins together to market their product! I think a production stipulation would be a fun goal to meet at the end of the year! Insurance is used when something is broke, stolen, or lost! Well, we've broke the economic system, our livelihoods are getting stolen from us, and we have a lot of lost so called leaders! Now, I'm hoping to sit down with Mr. Peterson from MN and negotiate improvements to the FFtF. Any suggestions?
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