IDFA Senior Vice President of Legislative and Economic Affairs,On House Farm Bill Vote


IDFA Senior Vice President of Legislative and Economic Affairs,On House Farm Bill Vote

International Dairy Food Association“Today’s passage of the Farm Bill by the House of Representatives brings us one step closer to historic dairy policy reform and proves that we can help dairy farmers without raising the prices of dairy products for consumers and for government programs. Although today’s vote was close due to differences over the SNAP program, the Farm Bill now passed by the House includes the Goodlatte-Scott amendment, which was passed by a margin of more than 2-1, 291- 135, and was supported by nearly all Republicans and almost half of the Democrats.

“The Goodlatte-Scott amendment soundly rejected a controversial policy that would have periodically imposed limits on the amount of milk that dairy farmers could sell. Instead, the amendment replaces current dairy programs with a new, effective and expanded safety net program for dairy farmers in the form of revenue insurance that is similar to government-subsidized programs for other agriculture commodities.

“The House-passed version of the Farm Bill will allow our industry to continue to grow and create thousands more jobs. The Senate-passed version of the Farm Bill, however, continues to include the divisive milk supply management policy that is opposed by national consumer groups, supermarket chains, restaurants, taxpayers, the Teamsters union and many dairy producers, including the second-largest dairy cooperative.

“We support the aid to dairy farmers in the House bill, but we oppose the Senate dairy package. We will continue to educate the Senate and House conferees, showing that we can help dairy farmers through difficult economic times without making it more difficult for millions of families to afford healthy and nutritious dairy products.”

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7.11.2013