NMPF: Senate Ag Committee retains DSA in farm bill draft

The Senate Ag Committee’s draft version of a new farm bill includes Dairy Security Act language, according to the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).

“We are pleased that the dairy title of the Farm Bill released today by the Senate Agriculture Committee contains the Dairy Security Act (DSA), just as it was included in last year’s Senate Farm Bill,” said Jerry Kozak, NMPF president and CEO. “The DSA is the best approach for providing a cost-effective safety net for dairy farmers, and we commend Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) for their efforts to pass the DSA into law. The DSA provides the right combination of effective risk management for dairy farmers while minimizing program costs to the taxpayer.”

“NMPF is part of a coalition of more than 50 state and national farm groups that have been working since 2009 on replacing outdated dairy programs that don’t work, with a new safety net that reflects that realities of dairy farming in the 21st century,” Kozak added. “Dairy farmers throughout the U.S. support the proposal that the Agriculture Committee will be reviewing next week, and urge members of the committee – and their counterparts in the House Agriculture Committee, which will also review the DSA next week – to pass this critical legislation.”