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Holstein Association USA Board Takes Stance on Dairy Policy Legislation

Brattleboro, Vt. (September 19, 2011)…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 on 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


For more information, contact Lindsey Worden, Communications Manager, at
800.952.5200, ext. 4096, or

Holstein Association USA, Inc.,, provides products and
services to dairy producers to enhance genetics and improve
profitability–ranging from registry processing to identification programs
to consulting services.

The Association, headquartered in Brattleboro, Vt., maintains the records
for Registered HolsteinsSM and represents approximately 30,000 members
throughout the United States. The Association is also leading the
initiative for national animal identification through the National FAIR