Holstein Association USA Board Takes Stance on Dairy Policy Legislation

Holstein Association USA Board Takes Stance on Dairy Policy Legislation

The Holstein Association USA, Inc. board of directors have confirmed their
support of Discussion Draft legislation put forth by House Agriculture
Committee’s Ranking Democratic member, Collin Peterson (D-MN) and
Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID). The comprehensive draft covers three main
areas:

1. Replacing current dairy product price support and Milk Income Loss
Contract programs with a program to protect dairy producer income
when the difference between milk and feed prices is less than the
specified amount,
2. Establishing a Dairy Market Stabilization Program, and
3. Amending Federal Milk Marketing Orders.

The Discussion Draft is based on proposals developed by the dairy industry
in the original Foundation For The Future (FFTF) plan.

According to Holstein Association President Chuck Worden, “The Dairy Market
Stabilization part of the program is key, and a major reason for the
Association’s support of the program. We plan on continuing to work with
Congressmen Peterson, Simpson, and others so that new dairy legislation can
be written which will benefit all Holstein Association USA members and
dairy producers nationwide.”

Holstein Association Chief Executive Officer, John Meyer states, “We salute
House Agriculture Committee’s Ranking Democrat member, Collin Peterson
(D-MN), and Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID), for their tremendous
leadership in putting this draft legislation forward. It is encouraging to
know that we have leaders like them in Washington DC working positively on
behalf of U.S. dairy farmers.” To learn more, links to a fact sheet, a
detailed summary, and the full version of the discussion draft can be found
at http://bit.ly/DairyReform.

09.19.2011