"We appreciate that the (fiscal cliff legislation) includes provisions that will avoid the resurrection of dairy policies from more than 50 years ago. This agreement allows Congress time to fully and openly consider future reforms to our nation's dairy policies,” said IDFA president and CEO Connie Tipton.
"Dairy manufacturers are an important segment of our nation's economy, and we are committed to working with Congress this year as formulation of the 2013 Farm Bill begins. The interdependence of this industry from farmer to consumer is critical, and our nation's dairy policies deserve to be updated and supported. We commend the bipartisan effort of Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and David Scott (D-Ga.) in proposing a margin insurance program ― a safety net ― for dairy farmers that does not impose new government rules and conditions on milk production. This approach has broad support from consumer and taxpayer groups, from farm organizations and from across the food manufacturing and retail industry,” Tipton said.
Also, see “Fiscal plan averts ‘dairy cliff,’ buys time for farm bill” from Reuters.