DBA pleased with Farm Bill dairy extension


Source: Dairy Business Association


The Dairy Business Association (DBA), an organization representing Wisconsin dairy farmers, was extremely pleased with the extension of the 2008 Farm Bill that did not include components of the Dairy Security Act.

"The supply management program was rejected because legislators in Congress realized that if it were passed, this communism style of dairy policy would intrude on dairy markets by controlling the milk supply and artificially creating demand for dairy products at higher prices. Supply management programs have been tried before, been proven to be a mistake and a costly failure. We can't continue to make the same mistakes," said Laurie Fischer, DBA executive director. "The removal of the Dairy Security Act from the farm bill extension is a victory for the nation's dairy producers."

DBA worked persistently to educate members of Congress on the harmful impacts limiting milk production, advocating for the consideration a milk insurance program instead.    DBA had advocated for reforming the dairy safety net programs, but believed the Dairy Security Act would have taken the U.S. dairy industry in the wrong direction.

"Limiting milk production and paying producers to not produce milk just doesn't make sense," added Jerry Meissner, DBA president. "In spite of some national dairy groups advising legislators that all farmers were in favor of supply management, it simply is not the truth. Farmers from across the nation are not in favor of this provision.

 “The world marketplace is hungry for and demanding dairy products,” Meissner continued. “To limit milk production will take the U.S. out of the running to fill those world demands, resulting in a loss of jobs and opportunity back home. DBA is grateful to the leaders in Congress, such as Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who recognized this and acted accordingly."   

DBA leaders said they looked forward to working with Wisconsin's delegation, leaders in Congress and President Obama's administration on a long-term farm bill that will lead to stability for dairy producers and consumers. Visit www.widba.com.