Senate Ag Committee marks up farm bill; retains DSA

The U.S. Senate Ag Committee marked up its version of the 2013 Farm Bill Tuesday, including language from the Dairy Security Act in the proposal. The House Ag Committee is scheduled to mark up its version of the farm bill on Wednesday.

“We commend the members of the Senate Agriculture Committee for approving a farm bill to transform dairy policy, while making necessary improvements in other farm and nutrition programs,” said Jerry Kozak, CEO and president of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). “The dairy title of the committee’s bill contains the long-awaited reforms offered by the Dairy Security Act, which provides the best combination of effective risk management for dairy farmers, while minimizing program costs to the taxpayer.”

“We also urge members of the House Agriculture Committee, during their markup of the farm bill tomorrow, to approve the Dairy Security Act and oppose an effort by Rep. Bob Goodlatte which aims to weaken the bill’s protection of dairy farmers. The Dairy Security Act is the best approach to providing milk producers an effective safety net, while avoiding a scenario that Goodlatte’s amendment could cause where dairy margins are low for long periods, hurting farmers and taxpayers alike.”