‘We’re first and goal’ with the Farm Bill, says NMPF

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Farm Bill Now!

That was the message the National Milk Producers Federation encouraged delegates literally to chant at Tuesday’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

NMPF leaders have been working since 2009 to fashion major policy reforms. And, they got close – really close – to getting those reforms passed in a Farm Bill this year.

“To use a football analogy, we’re not just in the red zone, we’re first and goal,” NMPF president and CEO Jerry Kozak told delegates. “But great field position, even with the momentum that comes with a long drive, is not the same thing as putting points on the board,” he added. “All our hard work, all of our compromises and meticulous planning ― none of it matters unless we can finish the job.”

A version of the Farm Bill containing many of the features that NMFP wants, including margin protection insurance to help protect dairy producers from unfavorable swings in feed prices relative to milk prices, passed in the U.S. Senate and the House Agriculture Committee this summer but stalled in the full House.

NMPF chairman Randy Mooney told AgriTalk Radio that he's hopeful the Farm Bill will pass in the lame duck session of Congress scheduled after the Nov. 6 election.

“We’ve got a good policy that we want Congress to pass,” Mooney said. “We thought we’d have it by now, but we don’t.”

To listen to more of Mooney's interview with AgriTalk, click on the audio bar at the top of this article.

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PA  |  October, 31, 2012 at 08:43 AM

"FARM BILL NOW" Fantastic - now NMPF leaders are leading us drones in chants like we're labor union folks at a political rally. Makes perfect sense given that milk check off $ are little different from labor union dues.

Buffalo,N.Y.  |  October, 31, 2012 at 09:14 AM

The NMPF is leading the dairy farmers down a road they should not go. When has the NMPF really had the farmers best interest at heart? Why is the NMPF representing the farmers in the farm bill and not the farmers themselves? The NMPF represents CO-OP's and their goals are not alway the same as the farmers themselves.

MO  |  October, 31, 2012 at 10:22 AM

It is interesting how most every comment (from farmers) about the farm bill is negative to say the least. Yet all of the articles tell us how wonderful it will be. I wonder what they know that we don’t know or better stated, I wonder what we know that they wish we didn’t know? They will continue to ignore the farmers no matter what facts are presented because they are not there to serve the farmers interest. They are there to serve themselves. If your not sure about that just look into the funding behind the push for the farm bill. It is not coming from individual farmers, at least not willingly.

October, 31, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Just remember Jerry and the kids are playing for the processors, who want to control their input cost, our milk. Jerry looks like other alleged leaders in this country who only pick losers!!!!!!!!!

north east  |  October, 31, 2012 at 12:35 PM

more like serfs than union members. It will become what the soviet union was, this is how much milk YOU WILL MAKE no more and no less, and this is how much you will be paid.

MN  |  October, 31, 2012 at 02:41 PM

So glad to see other commentors feel as I do. All we can do is call our Congressmen and tell them to vote no. There is so much bad in this bill, but as I've been told countless times over the years by my Senators and Representatives, both Repub and Dem, what do I know, I'm just an illiterate peasant, and 'all the big farm groups are for it'

Bayavia, NY  |  October, 31, 2012 at 03:19 PM

One million a year Kozak has all of those fools chanting for him like a bunch of sports fans. This is not a game! This farm bill with his Soviet supply management should be dumped.

Southern PA  |  November, 07, 2012 at 09:54 AM

We, as dairy farmers, have it so easy...we have LET someone else market our parishable product...because by ourselves we could not move our product. None of us can agree on supply management, but I don't think we have a great choice, otherwise...look how much we agrue as an industry--the only clear vision is "We don't want to risk any more." I think we have to take what many people in our industry have put together on the dairy farmers' behalf in this package, and make the most of it. We have NOT been given many chances to make policy change llike this...let's quit fighting and seize the moment!

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